Report: Todd Boehly tried to buy seven-time league champions this month as first new club after Chelsea

Reports have claimed that Todd Boehly had a late bid to buy Lyon turned down earlier this month.

According to The Guardian, the Blues saw their efforts to purchase the seven-time Ligue 1 champions stifled, with John Textor, investor in Crystal Palace, having already agreed a deal to buy the club back in June.

The news comes as the American is keen to adopt a multi-club system in a similar way to Manchester City have done around the world, with the Red Bull group also showing its benefits.

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The positives of the system were on full display this summer, with Benjamin Sesko making the move from RB Salzburg to RB Leipzig, with the Austrian club receiving him back on loan.

The highly-rated attacker was also wanted by Chelsea and Manchester United, who obviously hold far more pedigree than their Bundesliga counterparts, so the system can certainly have an impact.

Boehly tried to buy Lyon

The Guardian reported that Boehly has been keen to purchase numerous sides since becoming Chelsea owner, with them having a separate bid turned down by Brazilian side Santos.

The report went on to say that they are currently in talks to buying Portuguese side Portimonense, with the aim to become a group of clubs all over the world.

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Boehly has certainly not been afraid to make big decisions since becoming Chelsea owner, despite it being his first venture in the sport

He has also not been afraid to pitch ideas, with his recommendation of learning from American sports and installing an All-star game coming into some strange criticism.

It feels like being American has made things difficult for the new owner to have his say at the moment, with many comparing him to owners of Manchester United and Liverpool despite having very little to back that up.

Jack is a writer for The Chelsea Chronicle. He has been a part of GRV Media since June 2022. He has a First Class Honours degree in Football Journalism from the University of Derby, graduating in 2021. Jack has experience working freelance for The Sun and The Athletic, whilst also being published for the Non-League Paper and reporting for Burton Albion's academy side. He is a lifelong Chelsea fan and will debate with anyone about everything and anything football related. He also holds a passion for gaming and music, and thinks he knows every word to every Oasis song ever released