Chelsea Looking To Appoint Liverpool Transfer Specialist As New Sporting Director

Michael Edwards spent over 10 years at Anfield helping the club enjoy its great successes of recent years
12:42, 23 Jun 2022

As Chelsea prepare to loan out their club-record catastrophe Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan, which will likely go down as one of the club's worst ever transfers, there is an interesting development that could prevent mistakes like this from happening again.

The Blues fell short last season in the Premier League when many expected them to be in the thick of the title race, with multiple factors hindering the team’s progress under Thomas Tuchel. It all seems to largely stem from the failed Lukaku transfer and it will no doubt prove to be a significant learning curve at Stamford Bridge moving forward.

ESPN have reported that the club are looking to appoint former Liverpool transfer specialist Michael Edwards as their new sporting director to replace the outgoing Marina Granovskaia, and that the ex-Tottenham Hotspur man is interested in the position.

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It has also been reported that Manchester United hold an interest in appointing Edwards into a similar role at Old Trafford, highlighting the reputation he has attained in the game. Edwards spent just over a decade at Anfield, firstly as the head of performance and analysis, before moving up to technical director and then sporting director.

He played a key role in the appointment of Jurgen Klopp in 2015 and then oversaw the incredible business (incomings and outgoings) that the Reds have conducted in recent years, including the acquisitions of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Andrew Robertson and Virgil van Dijk.

Edwards’ work with Liverpool has set the blueprint for how English clubs should conduct their business in the transfer market and there is no surprise that rival clubs are scrambling to snap him up when he leaves Anfield later this summer. Both Chelsea and Manchester United know that a shrewd appointment like this can help them catch up to both Liverpool and Manchester City. In fact, appointing Edwards could be more important than any player signing.

Chelsea are 16/1 to win the 2022-23 Premier League with Betfred*

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