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Chelsea's partner club in talks for England youngster

Archie Brown
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Chelsea’s partner club Strasbourg are in talks to sign England Under-20 international Archie Brown from Ghent.

The Alsace club - owner almost entirely by Chelsea's parent company BlueCo - are keen to sign a left-back this summer and have identified Brown, 22, who left English football to build a career in Belgium.

Brown also has other Premier League options as Strasbourg aim to drive down his estimated £7m asking price.

The former Derby County youngster has taken an unusual development pathway, leaving English football for Ineos-owned Lausanne-Sport in Switzerland in 2021 before joining Ghent last summer.

The Blues would monitor his development in France as they seek to benefit from their fledgling multi-club model, which is partly based on the successful 11-team City Football Group, led by Premier League champions Manchester City.