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Chelsea close to finalizing deal to purchase Kingsmeadow Stadium

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Get West London is reporting that Chelsea is on the verge of completing their purchase of AFC Wimbledon's Kingsmeadow Stadium, allowing the League Two side to build their own, new, 11,000 seat stadium in Wimbledon. The Blues would reportedly use Kingsmeadow for both their youth and women's teams, according to Matt Lewis.

This isn't the first news we've head about Chelsea's pursuit of the ground, as we had reports of the club's interest just before the calendar turned to 2015. It doesn't appear that too much has changed between now and then, though it does sound as if AFC Wimbledon are closer to finding their new home than they were nine months ago.

Kingsmeadow currently holds 4,850 spectators, though there is seating for just 2,265. At present, that is probably more than enough for both the youth ans women's sides, though Stamford Bridge would still be an option should Chelsea feel the need for a larger stadium. 4,850 would clearly not be adequate for the first team, however, and they'll still need another home when Stamford Bridge closes for renovations.