CHELSEA are allegedly “very close” to signing up to a huge pre-season tournament in the USA.
A growing number of Premier League clubs have been heading Stateside over the past decade during the summer.
Todd Boehly’s Chelsea are set to join a huge pre-season tournament in AmericaRichard Pelham / The Sun
Now those “friendly” matches are due to have an “extra edge” from this year onwards.
That is according to The Athletic, who state that no longer will English clubs be competing in just one-off games.
They report: “A handful of clubs will be taking place in a tournament and organisers are now confident they have their first ‘Big Six’ team on board.”
The report claims they are “very likely” to feature in a move that is “a key breakthrough” for the organisers.
The competition details, such as venues and timings, are still being finalised.
And so are the confirmed teams due to participate in it.
However, “there is confidence that it will come together soon”.
They opted to tour South Korea at the start of this campaign.
Chelsea did spend last pre-season in the States with stops in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Orlando and Charlotte.
A host of other big clubs did the same, with Arsenal, Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus also touring the US.