Chelsea form new partnership with Turkish giants Besiktas

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Premier League outfit Chelsea will collaborate with Turkish side Besiktas, forming a new partnership among the European giants, according to Daily Mail.

This would mean both clubs' first team and academies will work together. Training support and joint scouting projects are another two aspects of high priorities for both clubs. The new partnership could mainly benefit Chelsea and could see their academy players being sent on loan to Turkey in future years.

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How it happened

Besiktas board member Erdal Torunogullari is believed to have visited Chelsea’s Cobham Training Ground while Besiktas were in London to face Tottenham Hotspur in the Europa League.

The Black Eagles will be banking on the Stamford Bridge outfit’s expertise in developing their youth system and modelling their academy around Chelsea’s. The Blues already have close ties with Eredivisie side Vitesse Arnhem and have seen six of their most promising youth players spending valuable loan spells in the last two seasons.

Chelsea and Vitesse

Currently, Chelsea have as many as 26 players from their roster out on loan among whom Josh McEachran, Wallace and Bertrand Traore are at Vitesse. Previously in 2013-14 season, Lucas Piazon, Christian Atsu and Patrick van Aanholt also spent loan spells at the Netherlands based club.

Thanks to the lucrative television deal in Turkey Besiktas can afford the Blues’ players salary that could be a hindrance for other clubs at Besiktas’ level.

The Turkish giants signed Chelsea striker Demba Ba this summer for a fee of £4.5million, and could comfortably meet the players demand of £80,000-per-week wage which was putting off some of the other European clubs who expressed their interest in signing the Senegal international.

It is only time that will tell if the deal would benefit the clubs but it is believed its a step towards the right direction.

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