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Chelsea owner Todd Boehly in secret talks with Man Utd & Newcastle United

Chelsea owner Todd Boehly has been involved in secret discussions with Manchester United and Newcastle United, according to reports.

The American billionaire, who replaced Roman Abramovich at Stamford Bridge in the summer, has spent over £600 million on players since he arrived at the club.

He replaced manager Thomas Tuchel with Graham Potter in September and has made a number of changes behind the scenes, reshaping the London club on and off the pitch.

Boehly has now sat down to discuss privately with Manchester United chief executive Richard Arnold & Newcastle’s Amanda Staveley, according to The Athletic.

The trio got together before a wider shareholders meeting of all 20 Premier League teams and it has been speculated that they discussed Manchester City’s impending legal battle with the Premier League over cheating allegations.

Man City maintain their innocence but were accused of breaking financial rules by Premier League, who have issued them with 115 charges that span across a 14-year period and Pep Guardiola has sent a warning to rival clubs to ‘be careful’.

‘There are a lot of clubs that can be accused,’ Guardiola said. ‘I don’t know what will happen, but what they have done to us means they need to be careful in the future.

‘Of course, I suspect this [the charges for alleged breaches of the Premier League’s financial rules] has been driven by other clubs. I don’t know why. You will have to go to all the chief executives and ask them.’

Boehly, meanwhile, has been been involved in a number of gaffes since his arrival at Stamford Bridge and allegedly wanted the club to play an impossible 4-4-3 formation.

He also spoke of his desire to introduce an American-style All-Star game in the campaign – which would see players from the north of England take on a club from the south – which was widely ridiculed.

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