By Dr Dan Plumley

19th Nov, 2022 | 3:38pm

Finance guru names Chelsea's three top targets after 'attractive' news from Portugal

South America, the United States and Europe’s smaller leagues are likely to be top of the list for Chelsea owner Todd Boehly as he looks to launch a multi-club empire.

That is the view of finance expert Doctor Dan Plumley, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about which markets will be most attractive to the American billionaire.

Chelsea have previously been linked with Portuguese side Portimonense, who are currently enjoying one of the best seasons in their history in the Primeira Liga.

As relayed by Sky Sports on Wednesday (16 November), supporters of the Algarve club are in favour of becoming part of Chelsea’s network.

Fan support has previously been a barrier for the likes of Man City parent company City Football Group, who failed in attempt to buy Dutch side NAC Breda earlier this year because of the backlash.

Plumley gave his assessment of Chelsea’s likely aspirations when zeroing in on a particular market ahead of a possible takeover.

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“I said at the time of the takeover that there Boehly had come in with the intention of making a multi-club model play,” the Sheffield Hallam University expert told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

“If you look at the market in South America, that is a big growth area. The United States is another obvious option given the owner’s background.

“The smaller European leagues are still an attractive option in terms of buying cheaper and looking at long-term value. That would fit in Portugal.

“They would be the three areas you would target first. As we have seen with City Football Group, it can quicky become a worldwide model.

But I’d hedge my bets and say that they are the best markets to look at first and foremost.

In other news, Kieran Maguire claims “nothing is off the table for Boehly” as Chelsea plot £425m-plus deal.