HLN are reporting that Chelsea’s American owners are looking to add a Belgian club to their portfolio, with the chance to use the club as a satellite for developing young talent. There are plenty of clubs reportedly interested in this opportunity, however no club has been named. Bournemouth are apparently in negotiations with one side, while Chelsea are currently looking. The likes of Eupen and Kortrijk have been mentioned, but nothing is concrete yet. Bill Foley, owner of Bournemouth, is in talks to add FC Lorient as well.
Any club added to either sides ownership group would follow in the footsteps of Cercle Brugge, who have a strong relationship with Ligue 1 side Lommel. Recently, RWDM’s owners added Lyon to their group, while Lommel, who also play in the Challenger Pro League, are part of the City Group. Union St Gilloise are owned by the same owner, Tony Booth, as Brighton, however their acting Sporting Director Alex Muzio has been keen to indicate that the relationship is not as close as other clubs mentioned above.