Chelsea are expected to deal with Michael Edwards over the vacant sporting director position, with owner Todd Boley previously referring to Liverpool as a “brilliant role model” of success.
The man who helped reshape the Merseysiders and shaped the world-class Jürgen Klopp team through clever and powerful transfers, he left Anfield this summer after 11 years.
A source close to Edwards told Sky Sports News that since the 42-year-old’s decision was announced last November, strong European teams – Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain in particular – have approached him, as well as hedge funds. And billionaires wanting to buy clubs and make him run them.
With the departure of Marina Granovskaya at Chelsea, Edwards is interested in becoming the transfer chief, especially as Bohli admires his reform at Liverpool, which has extended to making Anfield leaders in the analytics and organizing the move to a £ 50 million training centre.
At a venture capital and private equity event, the American entrepreneur said: “If you look at the very successful models, Liverpool is a great model. They generate a few hundred million more in revenue than Chelsea and they are generating a profit.”
The consortium that Boehly and Clearlake Capital are facing is designed to be more measured in paving the way forward.
Edwards put in place the sustainable structures that brought Liverpool back as a domestic and European power, including the signing of Klopp, which he will continue in his absence.
He was determined to take a break and spend time with his family. Sky Sports News understands that it takes something to ‘blow the bloody doors’ to bring him to a meeting at the moment, let alone consider a new football job.
While Chelsea have been in the market for a sporting director, they have yet to formalize the scope of the recruiting role and technical rebuilding due to the limited transition time available to new owners.
Granovskaia will still be on hand to help Boehly and manager Thomas Tuchel in the transfer market, with Petr Cech also involved.
Reports have indicated that Manchester United want to pursue Edwards, but their current approach prevents that. John Murtaugh is already the Director of Football Capability and Andy O’Boyle is his deputy.
One senior executive was shocked that United did not do its best to build a restructuring around Edwards, who has transformed his rivals and has the precise tools the club lacks in improving squad and facilities.
Edwards reversed an approach from Newcastle to become their sporting director last year.
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