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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Manchester United and Chelsea want to hire ex-Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards - Reports

  Manchester United and Chelsea are reportedly interested in former Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards. He has been the man behi...

 

Manchester United and Chelsea are reportedly interested in former Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards. He has been the man behind some of the Reds' top transfers recently, securing deals for Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, among others.

The English transfer guru departed the Reds last season after 11 long years. His impressive behind-the-scenes work with manager Jurgen Klopp has earned him huge praise and has caught the attention of many top clubs.

The Daily Mail has reported that United and Chelsea are interested in Edwards to help bolster their respective player recruitments. United's recruitment is currently fronted by football director John Murtough, and theres' a new structure in place at Old Trafford.

Chief scouts Jim Lawlor and Marcel Bout have both left the club, while chief negotiator Matt Judge is leaving the Red Devils shortly (per The Athletic). It remains to be seen whether Edwards will accept a role with United, given his ties to their fierce rivals Liverpool.

Manchester United also admire Brentford's director of recruitment Lee Dykes, who has pulled off many astute deals, namely Ivan Toney and Vitaly Janelt, among others. Middlesbrough's head of football Kieran Scott is another name reportedly being considered by United.

Meanwhile, Chelsea are under new ownership, under a consortium led by Tedd Boehly. The Stamford Bridge side's long-serving director Marina Granovskaia has left the west London club, and the Blues are interested in Edwards replacing her.

Granovskaia oversaw some questionable deals in recent windows, none more so than Romelu Lukaku for £97.8 million. The Belgian has returned to Inter Milan on loan. The former sporting director did negotiate the sales of players, having sold Eden Hazard to Real Madrid for £103.5 million in 2019.

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