Manchester United and Chelsea are taken with Liverpool’s former switch guru Michael Edwards because the Premier League giants look to strengthen their recruitment operations.
United are within the midst of revamping their recruitment set-up, work which is being led by soccer director John Murtough.
And a number of sources declare that Edwards is of curiosity to the new-look Outdated Trafford regime as they proceed to overtake their switch crew.
Manchester United and Chelsea are taken with Liverpool’s former switch guru Michael Edwards (left) – who’s pictured alongside Jurgen Klopp and FSG president Mike Gordon (proper)
Chelsea proprietor Todd Boehly (left image, proper) is known to have explored the opportunity of appointing Edwards to a senior recruitment place whereas the Glazer household (proper) need to convey the ex-Liverpool man to United as they proceed to overtake their switch crew
Whether or not Edwards is open to becoming a member of United given his ties to arch-rivals Liverpool stays to be seen.
However it’s not obscure why United are interested in Edwards given the massive success he had at Anfield.
He joined Liverpool in 2011 as head of analytics earlier than plenty of promotions finally noticed him take up the function as sporting director.
Edwards turned a pivotal determine in remodeling the membership into the Premier League and European champions because of his signings; Alisson, Virgil Van Dijk, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson, Thiago and Fabinho are among the many many gamers he performed a key function in bringing to Anfield.
Equally spectacular have been among the charges he secured from participant gross sales, together with £ 146m for Philippe Coutinho.
Edwards helped remodel Liverpool into Premier League and European champions
Edwards helped convey the likes of Mo Salah (left) and Andy Robertson (proper) to Anfield
The place Edwards, given his experience, expertise and sure excessive wage, could be positioned throughout the United recruitment construction poses an intriguing scenario given Murtough’s function as division head.
For now, United are targeted on strengthening their squad forward of subsequent season, with Murtough main that course of – the likes of Frenkie de Jong and Pau Torres among the many gamers on the membership’s radar.
However whereas an addition to the membership’s recruitment crew isn’t considered imminent, there may be an acknowledgment behind the scenes that the United are continuously monitoring the footballing panorama in quest of enhancements.
United have carried out plenty of modifications to their off subject operation since final 12 months together with the appointment of Richard Arnold as CEO, changing Ed Woodward as their most senior govt.
Fabinho (left), Virgil Van Dijk (heart proper), and Sadio Mane (proper) are among the many many gamers he performed a key function in bringing to Anfield
Edwards additionally secured huge cash from participant gross sales, together with £ 146m for Philippe Coutinho
Extra just lately Andy O’Boyle was named United’s deputy soccer director, offering help to Murtough – himself handed that new function final March – to drive ‘the membership’s soccer technique throughout the primary crew, academy and girls’s crew.’
Along with Edwards, it’s understood Brentford’s director of recruitment Lee Dykes and Middlesbrough’s head of soccer Kieron Scott even have admirers at Outdated Trafford.
Nevertheless, United are usually not the one top-flight membership taken with Edwards after Chelsea approached Liverpool’s former chief about turning into their subsequent sporting director.
It’s understood that Chelsea’s new homeowners, Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital, have explored the opportunity of appointing Edwards to a senior recruitment place after confirming the departure of long-serving director Marina Granovskaia, who managed the membership’s switch negotiations.
Likewise, Sportsmail has discovered that Edwards attracted curiosity from Ajax earlier this 12 months following the departure of Marc Overmars.
Chelsea have approached Edwards about turning into their subsequent sporting director
Nevertheless, Edwards is known to be hesitant about making such a swift return to soccer after leaving Liverpool this summer season, initially with a view to taking a break from the sport.
It stays to be seen whether or not Chelsea revive their curiosity given Edwards’ authentic apprehension.
Along with Edwards, Chelsea have additionally been linked with Atletico Madrid’s sporting director Andrea Berta, whereas former Barcelona technical secretary Ramon Planes, Monaco switch chief Paul Mitchell and ex-Tottenham efficiency director Steve Hitchen can also emerge as early candidates.
The prospect of Michael Emenalo, who left his function as Chelsea’s technical director in 2017, returning to Stamford Bridge additionally should not be discounted.
Edwards (proper) is known to be hesitant about making such a swift return to soccer
In the interim, new co-owner Todd Boehly will tackle the function as interim sporting director because the membership think about their choices.
Sources near the membership have indicated the hands-on US tycoon has thrown himself into the function, a lot in order that the membership are in no main rush to nominate a full-time sporting director.
Granovskaia is the most recent high-profile Chelsea departure following their £ 4.25bn Boehly-Clearlake Capital takeover although will stay out there to the membership for the rest of the summer season switch window.
Boehly was additionally named the brand new Chelsea chairman.