Michael Edwards: Chelsea will get closer to former Liverpool sporting director | Football news

Chelsea are expected to sign Michael Edwards for the vacancy of sporting director with owner Todd Boehly who previously referred to Liverpool as a “great model” for success.

The man who helped reshape the Merseysiders’ recruiting and built Jürgen Klopp’s world-class squad with intelligent and analytical transfers, left Anfield this summer after 11 years.

A source close to Edwards told Sky Sports News that since the 42-year-old’s decision to leave was made public last November, he has been approached by Europe’s most powerful teams, most notably Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, as well. like hedge funds and billionaires who want to buy clubs and have him run them.

With Marina Granovskaia’s departure to Chelsea, Edwards is interested in becoming their transfer boss, especially as Boehly is an admirer of his overhaul at Liverpool, which has expanded to make Anfield’s club a leader in analyzing and orchestrating the transfer. to a £ 50 million training center.

In a private equity and venture capital event, the American businessman said: “If you look at the models that are very successful, Liverpool are a very good model. They generate two hundred million more revenue than Chelsea and generate earnings. “.

The consortium led by Boehly and Clearlake Capital is determined to be more measured in paving the way for the future.

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Edwards has put in place the sustainable structures that restored Liverpool as a national and European force, including the hiring of Klopp, who will continue in his absence.

He was adamant about taking a break and spending time with his family. Sky Sports News realizes it would take something to “blow the bloody doors” to get him to a match right now, not to mention considering a new job in football.

Chelsea, despite being in the market for a sporting director, have not yet formalized the scope of the role for a recruitment and technical reconstruction due to the limited transition times available to new owners.

Granovskaia will still be on hand to assist Boehly and coach Thomas Tuchel in the transfer market, with Petr Cech also rumored to be involved.

Reports have suggested Manchester United want to pursue Edwards, but their current setup prevents that. John Murtough is already football director and Andy O’Boyle is his deputy.

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Football finance expert Kieran Maguire believes Chelsea will operate differently under the new ownership of Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital.

One senior executive was stunned that United have not gone out of their way to build their restructuring around Edwards, who has transformed his rivals and has the exact tools the club lacked to improve the squad and facilities.

Edwards rejected an approach from Newcastle to become their sporting director last year.

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