Manchester United and Chelsea are interested in former Liverpool transfer guru Michael Edwards as the Premier League giants look to bolster their recruiting operations.
United are renovating their recruiting structure, a job headed by football director John Murtough.
And several sources say Edwards is of interest to Old Trafford’s new regime as they continue to review their transfer team.
Manchester United and Chelsea are interested in former Liverpool transfer guru Michael Edwards (left), who is pictured alongside Jurgen Klopp and FSG chairman Mike Gordon (right)
Chelsea owner Todd Boehly (pictured left, right) is believed to have explored the possibility of appointing Edwards to a senior recruiting position as the Glazer family (right) want to bring the former Liverpool player to United as they continue. to review their transfer team
It remains to be seen whether Edwards is willing to join United given his ties to historical rivals Liverpool.
But it’s not hard to see why United are attracted to Edwards given the huge success he has had at Anfield.
He joined Liverpool in 2011 as head of analysis before a series of promotions saw him take on the role of sporting director.
Edwards has become a key figure in the club’s transformation into the Premier League and European champions thanks to his signings; Alisson, Virgil Van Dijk, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson, Thiago and Fabinho are among the many players he played a key role in bringing to Anfield.
Equally impressive were some of the commissions he secured from player sales, including £ 146 million for Philippe Coutinho.
Edwards helped transform Liverpool into Premier League and European champions
Edwards helped bring the likes of Mo Salah (left) and Andy Robertson (right) to Anfield.
Where Edwards, given his expertise, experience and likely high salary, would be positioned within United’s recruiting structure poses an intriguing situation given Murtough’s role as department head.
For now, United are focused on strengthening their squad ahead of next season, with Murtough leading this process – the likes of Frenkie de Jong and Pau Torres among the players on the club’s radar.
But while an addition to the club’s recruiting squad is thought not to be forthcoming, behind the scenes is the recognition that United is constantly scrutinizing the football landscape for improvements.
United have made a number of changes to their off-pitch operations since last year, including the appointment of Richard Arnold as CEO, replacing Ed Woodward as their senior manager.
Fabinho (left), Virgil Van Dijk (center right) and Sadio Mane (right) are among the many players he played a key role in bringing to Anfield
Edwards also secured a ton of cash from player sales, including £ 146 million for Philippe Coutinho.
More recently Andy O’Boyle was named assistant director of football for United, providing support to Murtough – he himself assigned that new role last March – to lead the club’s “football strategy across the first team, academy and squad. female”.
In addition to Edwards, Brentford recruiting director Lee Dykes and Middlesbrough football chief Kieron Scott also have admirers at Old Trafford.
However, United aren’t the only top-flight club interested in Edwards after Chelsea reached out to the former Liverpool boss to become their next sporting director.
It is understood that Chelsea’s new owners Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital have explored the possibility of appointing Edwards to a senior recruiting position after confirming the departure of longtime manager Marina Granovskaia, who oversaw the club’s transfer negotiations.
Likewise, Sportsmail learned Edwards attracted Ajax interest earlier this year following the departure of Marc Overmars.
Chelsea have contacted Edwards to become their next sporting director
However, Edwards is believed to be reluctant to make such a quick return to football after leaving Liverpool this summer, initially with the aim of taking a break from the game.
It remains to be seen whether Chelsea revives his interest given Edwards’ original apprehension.
In addition to Edwards, Chelsea have also been linked to Atletico Madrid sporting director Andrea Berta, while former Barcelona technical secretary Ramon Planes, Monaco transfer head Paul Mitchell and former Tottenham performance director Steve Hitchen they could emerge as prime candidates.
The prospect of Michael Emenalo, who stepped down from his role as Chelsea manager in 2017, also returns to Stamford Bridge is not to be underestimated.
Edwards (right) is reluctant to make such a quick return to football
For the time being, new co-owner Todd Boehly will take on the role of interim sporting director while the club will consider their options.
Sources close to the club have indicated that the practical American tycoon has thrown himself into the role, so much so that the club is in no rush to appoint a full-time sports director.
Granovskaia is Chelsea’s latest high-profile departure following the £ 4.25bn Boehly-Clearlake Capital acquisition, though it will remain at the club’s disposal for the remainder of the summer transfer window.
Boehly was also named Chelsea’s new president.