Liverpool, Arsenal to follow Todd Boehly’s lead with new strategy after Chelsea owner makes ‘superstar’ claim

Liverpool owner John Henry

Liverpool and Arsenal are hoping to follow in the footsteps of Chelsea chairman Todd Boehly by creating a multi-club model, according to a report.

Boehly recently featured at the SALT Conference, where he spoke about several matters involving Chelsea and English football as a whole. The American proposed an all-star game between the north and south Premier League clubs, similar to what happens in the NBA and MLB.

Boehly suggested this as an option to make hundreds of millions of pounds, which could be spread across the English football pyramid.

However, this idea did not go down well. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hit back by saying: “He doesn’t hesitate, he doesn’t wait long!

“Great. When he finds a date for that he can call me. He forgets that in the big sports in America, these sports have four-month breaks so they’re quite happy they can do a little bit of sport in these breaks. It’s completely different in football.”

Klopp also ridiculed Boehly by jokingly suggesting England could have the Harlem Globetrotters play a football team.

Boehly did bring up a few more sensible ideas, though. He revealed his plan to create a multi-club model at Chelsea, just like Manchester City have.

The Citizens’ owners are also in charge of several other clubs around the world, including Girona, New York City, Melbourne City and Yokohama F.Marinos.

Todd Boehly plots big new Chelsea strategy

Boehly thinks this kind of strategy would help Chelsea to add more ‘superstars’ to their ranks. “We’re going to be continuously adding resources,” he revealed. “We’ve talked about having a multi-club model. I would love to continue to build out the footprint.

“There’s different countries where there’s advantages to having a club. Red Bull does a really good job at Leipzig and at Salzburg. Both of which are playing in the Champions League, so they’ve figured out how to make that work. You have Man City that has a very big network of clubs.

“I think the challenge that Chelsea has now, or one of them, is that when you have 18, 19, 20-year-old superstars, you can loan them out to other clubs but you put their development in someone else’s hands.

“I think that our goal is to make sure we can show pathways for our young superstars to get on to the Chelsea pitch while getting them real game time. To me the way to do that is through another club somewhere in a really competitive league in Europe.”

Liverpool, Arsenal want some of the action

And it’s not just Chelsea officials who are thinking about expanding their portfolio. According to The Guardian, chiefs from Liverpool and Arsenal have similar ideas.

They want to follow Boehly and Chelsea’s lead by purchasing teams from other countries.

Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke, who is a very controversial figure at the Emirates, has already got to work on buying other clubs. He has looked into sides from Brazil, Belgium and Portugal.

Kroenke owns franchises in the MLS, NBA, NHL and NFL, making him a hugely important figure in American sport.

Liverpool are owned by the Fenway Sports Group, who also originate from the US. They are in charge of baseball giants Boston Red Sox and Pittsburgh Penguins from the NHL.

FSG have joined Boehly and Kroenke in searching for new clubs to buy. However, The Guardian don’t reveal which countries or leagues they are eyeing up.

This is an exciting proposal for Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal fans. Having other teams in their staples would help the development of young players, as Boehly suggests.

City have forged a brilliant group which is benefitting all clubs that are part of it. Now let’s see if some of their biggest Premier League rivals can come up with a similar kind of arrangement.

Meanwhile, a pundit thinks Liverpool will ‘jump at the chance’ to sign an Arsenal transfer target.