Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali, the owners of Chelsea Soccer Club, are making headlines once again. It is being reported that Boehly and Eghbali considering a stake in Sporting CP. Along with FC Porto and Benfica, Sporting CP is one of the top three soccer clubs in Portugal. The motive behind this is the player supply line that Sporting CP has. The club has a rich history and a reputation for nurturing young talent
Over the last two transfer windows, the Chelsea ownership, led by Boehly and Eghbali, has employed a distinctive transfer strategy. The owners have consistently concentrated on putting together a team that can achieve a “100-point team”—a reference to the most points that can be earned in a Premier League season. That led players like Moises Caicedo, Enzo Fernandez, and Nkunku to join the London-based club.
Chelsea reportedly want to buy Sporting CP. 🇵🇹🗞️
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) September 16, 2023
Soccer fans and Chelsea supporters alike have reacted differently to the news of Boehly and Eghbali’s interest in Sporting CP.
On Twitter, one fan said, “They buy everything and forget to buy performance.”
Another fan retorted, “We are building an empire and you guys ain’t ready for that.”
We are building an empire and you guys ain’t ready for that
— Pudryk™️ (@Youngkipa11) September 16, 2023
Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali’s journey as owners of Chelsea has been nothing short of transformative. Since their takeover of Chelsea in May of the previous year the pair has broken the $1 billion barrier in transfer fees, an unprecedented investment in such a short period.
Chelsea’s stadium dilemma puts the future of Stamford Bridge in jeopardy
Other than the potential investment in Sporting CP, another critical decision awaits the Chelsea ownership regarding the future of Stamford Bridge, the club’s iconic home. There have been discussions about the potential for moving the team to a new stadium, though this is still up for debate among supporters and stakeholders.
Stamford Bridge, which carries a rich history and tradition, holds a special place in the hearts of Chelsea fans. However, it barely makes it into the top ten list of the largest Premier League venues, trailing even some lower-tier English stadiums with a seating capacity of just under 45,000.
🚨@SamWallaceTel 🚨 The radical vision of Eghbali and Boehly for #ChelseaFC, encompassing £1bn in transfers, multi-club structure, and a new stadium at Stamford Bridge (or elsewhere). At the heart of it the two co-owners, and a key relationship/shared endeavour pic.twitter.com/IiOLW165Nq
— THE CHELSEA FORUM (@TheChelseaForum) September 15, 2023
Chelsea’s board, under the direction of board member Jonathan Goldstein, has been actively looking at solutions to the stadium’s shortcomings after realizing the need for change.
Building a new stadium is one option on the table. Although it has its own set of difficulties and opportunities. If everything goes according to plan, Chelsea may not have a new home until 2029/2030 or even 2030/2031. Building a new stadium is a meticulous and time-consuming endeavor.
The Stamford Bridge redevelopment option, on the other hand, calls for a phased approach and calls for substantial renovations and expansions to the current stadium. This strategy enables Chelsea to maintain Stamford Bridge’s historical significance and continue to call it home, even though it might take more time and result in a decrease in stadium capacity while construction is underway.