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Tom Glick, the executive responsible for helping Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly establish a network of clubs around the world, has spent several months working on similar plans with Crystal Palace investor John Textor, can reveal the Guardian.

Glick, a former commercial director of Manchester City owner City Football Group (CFG), has been tasked by Boehly with taking charge of Chelsea’s attempts to set up a multi-club network, which could lead to investments in Brazil , Belgium and Portugal, where Textor held talks with Benfica and Porto over the potential purchase of large stakes.

It is understood that Textor – who bought 40% of Palace for £90million last year and is expected to add French side Lyon to his Eagle Football stable which also includes Brazil’s Botafogo and Belgian side RWD Molenbeek in the coming weeks – was surprised by Chelsea’s attempts to find clubs in the same leagues given his close association with Glick.

Glick was appointed chairman of Chelsea business in July. Less than two months earlier, he was photographed alongside Textor during a meeting in São Paulo that confirmed Botafogo’s entry into Brazil’s new league, Libra. Glick was then described by a Brazilian journalist as “a senior adviser” to Eagle Holdings.

“I brought Tom Glick with me,” Textor said at the time. “Together, we brought a lot of perspectives on growth opportunities. Technologies for television, technologies for consumer-oriented applications, digital distribution of content, to make it more profitable and more profitable, with international expansion, and we have brought examples of how to make money from a way Brazilian clubs have never tried before. We brought lessons from the Premier League.

American businessman John Textor (left) with Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas after reaching an agreement to take a majority stake in the club in June. Photography: Olivier Chassignole/AFP/Getty Images

Chelsea were turned down by Brazilian club Santos, where Pele has spent most of his career, and reportedly made a late bid to buy Lyon this month despite Textor agreeing a deal in June.

Textor, who made his fortune in digital technology companies before investing in football, is said to have secured funding from US investment firm Ares Management Corp, which last year bought a 34% stake in the Atletico Madrid.

Glick spent four years as managing director of Derby before joining Manchester City in 2012 as commercial and operations director. He held a similar role at CFG before becoming president of Tepper Sports & Entertainment – ​​the parent company of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers and MLS’s Charlotte FC – in 2018.

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    In a statement announcing Glick’s departure in early February, Tepper Sports – set up by David Tepper, a hedge fund manager worth an estimated $16bn (£14.7bn) who is the wealthiest owner of the NFL – said he was “retiring to pursue other opportunities”.

    It is believed that Glick then worked closely with Textor on his plans to buy Lyon from longtime owner and chairman Jean-Michel Aulas and was to be confirmed as managing director of Eagle Football Holdings until what Chelsea intervenes.

    “Tom is a tremendous addition to Chelsea FC and will drive our long-term plans for the club forward,” Chelsea co-owners Behdad Eghbali and José E Feliciano said of Glick’s appointment. “He has the experience and credentials to elevate our significant global position and help lead our commitment to strengthening the club through investment in adding teams, infrastructure, technology, youth academy and the women’s team.

    Glick and Textor are expected to be at Selhurst Park on Saturday when Palace entertain Chelsea in the Premier League.

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