Manchester United and Chelsea BOTH want to hire former Liverpool transfer guru Michael Edwards
Manchester United and Chelsea are interested in former Liverpool transfer guru Michael Edwards as the Premier League giants look to bolster their recruiting efforts.
United are revamping their recruiting system, led by football director John Murtough.
And multiple sources claim Edwards is of interest to the new Old Trafford regime as they continue to overhaul their transfer squad.
Manchester United and Chelsea are interested in former Liverpool transfer guru Michael Edwards (left) – who is pictured alongside Jurgen Klopp and FSG president Mike Gordon (right)
Chelsea owner Todd Boehly (pictured left, right) is said to have explored the possibility of appointing Edwards to a senior recruiting position, while the Glazer family (right) are looking to bring the ex-Liverpool man to United as they continue to overhaul his squad. their transfer team
Whether Edwards is open to joining United, given his ties to arch-rival Liverpool, remains to be seen.
But it’s not hard to see why United are drawn to Edwards, given the huge success he had at Anfield.
He joined Liverpool in 2011 as head of analysis before eventually taking on the role of sporting director through a number of promotions.
Edwards became a pivotal figure in transforming the club into 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 coming to Anfield.
Equally impressive were some of the fees he earned from player sales, including £146 million for Philippe Coutinho.
Edwards helped transform Liverpool into Premier League and European champions
Edwards helped Mo Salah (left) and Andy Robertson (right) to Anfield
Where, given his expertise, experience and likely high salary, Edwards would be positioned within United’s recruiting structure, an intriguing situation, given Murtough’s role as department head.
For now, United are focused on strengthening their squad for next season, with Murtough leading that process – among the players like Frenkie de Jong and Pau Torres among the players on the club’s radar.
But while an addition to the club’s recruitment team is not imminent, it is recognized behind the scenes that United are constantly examining the football landscape in search of improvements.
United have made a number of changes to their off-field operations since last year, including the appointment of Richard Arnold as CEO, replacing Ed Woodward as their most senior executive.
Fabinho (left), Virgil Van Dijk (center right) and Sadio Mane (right) are among the many players he played key roles in coming to Anfield.
Edwards also made a lot of money from player sales, including £146 million for Philippe Coutinho
More recently, Andy O’Boyle was appointed United’s deputy football director, supporting Murtough – he took on that new role last March – to ‘carry out the club’s football strategy in the first-team, academy and women’s team’.
In addition to Edwards, Brentford’s recruiting director Lee Dykes and Middlesbrough head of football Kieron Scott also have admirers at Old Trafford.
United are not, however, the only top club interested in Edwards after Chelsea approached the former Liverpool chief to become their next sporting director.
It is clear that Chelsea’s new owners Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital have been exploring the possibility of appointing Edwards to a senior recruiting position after confirming the departure of long-serving director Marina Granovskaia, who oversaw the club’s transfer negotiations .
Likewise, Sportsmail has learned that Edwards drew interest from Ajax earlier this year following the departure of Marc Overmars.
Chelsea have approached Edwards to be their next sporting director
However, Edwards has been known to be hesitant to make such a swift return to football after leaving Liverpool this summer, initially in view of a break from the game.
It remains to be seen if Chelsea will revive their interest, given Edwards’ original fears.
In addition to Edwards, Chelsea have also been linked with Atletico Madrid’s sporting director Andrea Berta, while former Barcelona technical secretary Ramon Planes, Monaco transfer chief Paul Mitchell and ex-Tottenham Performance Director Steve Hitchen may also emerge as early candidates.
The prospect of Michael Emenalo, who left his role as Chelsea technical director in 2017 and return to Stamford Bridge, should not be discounted either.
Edwards (right) is understood to be hesitant to make such a swift return to football
For now, new co-owner Todd Boehly will take on the role of interim sporting director while the club considers options.
Sources close to the club have indicated that the hands-on American tycoon has plunged into the role, so much so that the club is in no great rush to appoint a full-time sporting director.
Granovskaia is Chelsea’s latest high-profile departure after the £4.25bn acquisition of Boehly-Clearlake Capital, but remains available for the club for the remainder of the summer’s transfer window.
Boehly was also named new Chelsea chairman.