Chelsea are in discussions with two Belgian clubs over expanding their reach across Europe with the view of sending more of their young players out on loan.
The Blues currently have a successful partnership with Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem, who have taken a number of youngsters on loan from the Premier League side to provide them with top-flight experience in the Eredivisie.
Chelsea also have the benefit of having first option on players Vitesse produce themselves, having signed Dutch midfielder Marco van Ginkel from the club in 2013.
Having seen the success such an arrangement has had in Netherlands, the Premier League side are now hopeful of striking a similar deal in Belgium's top flight with Royal Mouscron-Peruwelz.
But while Chelsea have made an approach, the club's vice-president Michel Franceus insists is no final agreement is in place yet.
"We are in contact with Chelsea, Franceus told NoTele. "But there are other clubs that qualify for partnership agreements."
Chelsea are also on the brink of securing an arrangement with second-tier Belgian side Royal White Star Brussels. RWS chairman John Bico appeared to confirm a deal was close to being finalised and is excited over the prospect of Chelsea's young starlets arriving at the club.
"It is a real honour for my club," Bico said. "It is possible that the players of Chelsea will arrive next summer. It can be an important step in their careers. We want to loan two or three players, not more. We are also talking about sending our managers to their academy to see how they are working."
Mouscron, who currently have a similar arrangement with Ligue 1 side Lille, were promoted from Belgian's second tier last season.
In an arrangement dating back to the 2010-11 season, Vitesse and Chelsea have shared 14 loan deals, with the trio of Bertrand Traore, Wallace and Josh McEachran currently away at the club.