Todd Buhle, the biggest spender in football a year ago, certainly isn’t satisfied. After spending more than a billion euros at Chelsea and acquiring Strasbourg, the American is eyeing Sporting Portugal.
Todd Buhle is determined to do everything he can to win European football trophies. If this happens first through the almost compulsory purchase of players, 27 specifically from Chelsea for a billion euros spent, the clubs are now the targets. Unhappy with only owning Chelsea, the American acquired Racing Club de Strasbourg to make it his own subsidiary club. He has bought the Alsatian club through his company BlueCo and intends to make it a stronghold in the French league. But this is not enough for his ambitious plans. Now he is targeting heavyweights in Portuguese football, Sporting Lisbon.
Buhle wants to acquire shares in Sporting, and UEFA is alert
In fact, according to information from The Telegraph, Bohli and his partner Behdad Eghbali want to become minority shareholders in the third Portuguese club in terms of the prize list. Buying shares in Sporting will allow Todd Buhle to increase his influence in Europe and create bridges between Chelsea and a good quality European club. However, this tactic is tiring some observers as well as UEFA.
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The European Football Association is studying the issue closely. Sensitive to the issue of multiple ownership and its abuse, it intends to carefully study Buhle’s access to Sporting. It is afraid of circumventing America’s financial fair play. The latter will seize the opportunity to sell a number of Chelsea players to Sporting to save money. It also works the other way because Chelsea are coveting Sporting’s central defender Gonzalo Inacio in the transfer window. Buhli will not hesitate to facilitate the Portuguese player’s move to London. After reading this information, one thing is certain: Todd Buhle wants to impose his vision of football on the entire European continent in one way or another.