Since Crystal Palace shareholder John Textor started negotiating the purchase of Botafogo, the Brazilian media has been wondering if the clubs would have any links.

Now as the takeover is set to be made official, it seems the Rio de Janeiro side are already working on the first contacts with the Premier League club.

According to Lance, Botafogo president Durcesio Mello and academy coordinator Eduardo Freelance are flying to England tonight, as they’re on their way to South London.

The officials will then get to know Crystal Palace’s facilities. They’re set to stay for a week, and visit the club’s training ground and academy.

Lance points out that the Eagles’ academy structure is considered to be ‘one of the best in England’ and there the duo from Botafogo will speak to directors and bring some ideas to Brazil.

The officials are set to meet John Textor at the weekend and watch Crystal Palace’s match against Chelsea at Selhurst Park.

The purchase of Botafogo is expected to happen soon, with the businessman landing in Brazil next week. In early interviews, he’s been naming Manchester City as one of the clubs to take inspiration from in this new project.