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Thursday, February 23, 2017

China's richest companies keen for slice of Chelsea as chairman Bruce Buck meets HNA Group mergers

  • Chelsea have met with some of China's richest companies  
  • HNA Group attended FA Cup third-round tie against Peterborough last month 
  • Blues chairman Bruce Buck held talks with the Fortune Global 500 company
  • Chelsea have grand plans which could benefit from outside financial support 
Senior figures at Chelsea have met with one of China's richest companies, who are desperate to invest in a Premier League club.
Sportsmail can reveal the HNA Group — a Fortune Global 500 company with annual revenue of more than £20billion — have sent representatives to Stamford Bridge as they continue to search for an avenue into English football.
Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck met several members of HNA's mergers and acquisitions team on January 7, the day before Chelsea beat Peterborough United 4-1 in the FA Cup.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is ready to offer HNA Group an avenue into English football
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is ready to offer HNA Group an avenue into English football
HNA's mergers were in attendance as Chelsea beat Peterborough United 4-1 in the FA Cup
HNA's mergers were in attendance as Chelsea beat Peterborough United 4-1 in the FA Cup
The group also attended the Peterborough match, sitting in the directors' box and posing for pictures with a replica Premier League trophy in an executive bar at Stamford Bridge.
It was the second meeting between the Chinese group and Chelsea, with Buck believed to have travelled to Asia for talks.

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