It claims that the Blues supremo is looking to buy into a Scottish club in order to skip past a new measure brought into play by FIFA.
Football’s governing body want to clamp down on teams stockpiling academy products, sending them out on loan for years on end. New measures are being brought in next season and with Chelsea’s renowned reputation for loaning out players, these new rules could hit them hard.
Scottish way out
Owner Abramovich, according to the report, has a few ideas to get out of this system. One of the ideas to get past this is ploughing major investment into a club in Scotland, taking out a controlling stake.
This would allow Chelsea to move teenagers and senior staff to a club north of their border, having them play in either of the SPFL’s two top tiers according to the report.
The players would be permanent at whatever Scottish club Chelsea opted to buy into, but the Blues would retain a sell-on agreement or an option to buy them, should they develop into Chelsea class.
One club has been looked at in detail according to the report but Abramovich is still weighing up his options in terms of what potential hitches could derail any such move.