Chelsea officials are reported to have held two meetings with representatives from a multi-billion pound corporation from China that is looking for a way to invest in football.


According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck hosted a group from HNA Group's acquisition and mergers division prior to last month's FA Cup tie with Peterborough United.


The visitors also attended the game at Stamford Bridge and it was apparently the second such meeting between the parties, while Buck is also believed to have since made the trip to Asia to conduct further talks.

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The Mail report claims via a source that HNA, a company with annual revenue in excess of £20bn, is 'serious about a club'. And while it is not known exactly what conversations have taken place, and seems unlikely that Roman Abramovich would be willing to sell, the suggestion is that Chelsea could use additional financial backing for upcoming projects.


The proposed £500m redevelopment of Stamford Bridge is just one such thing.

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Chinese investment in English football is becoming increasingly common. Tony Xia competed his takeover of Aston Villa last season, while West Brom were recently bought out by Chinese investor Guochuan Lai. There are rumours of a possible takeover at Southampton, and even Manchester City sold off a small 13% stake to a Chinese group in 2015.


Russian oligarch Abramovich completed his takeover of Chelsea in the summer of 2003 and has ploughed well over £1bn into the club in the 14 years since, resulting in multiple Premier League titles, FA Cups and European trophies.


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