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Lille set to add Portuguese 1st division side Boavista as satellite club

Portuguese 1st division side Boavista’s representatives last night confirmed to local media that they had entered into exclusive negotiations with Ligue 1 side Lille owner Gérard Lopez for the Luxembourg businessman to acquire their club.

The exclusive period will run for 6 months – Lopez is poised to purchase 51% of the outfit. Third time would appear to be the charm for Lopez, who has failed in attempts to buy two other Portuguese sides in recent months: Gil Vicente and Setubal.

Last summer, LOSC began a partnership with Belenenses, which saw the Portuguese club receive Les Dogues’ young talents on loan – that partnership is quite clearly coming to an end.

Both Luis Campos and Gérard Lopez view the Portuguese 1st division as a good springboard for their young talents to enter the world of professional football from.

O Jogo annnounced yesterday that talks for Lopez to acquire Boavista were so advanced that the Luxembourg businessman has already submitted a €1m advance.

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