Liverpool’s sporting director Michael Edwards will leave his post at the end of the season but it’s unclear where he is headed.
According to the Independent, Real Madrid have approached Edwards about becoming Los Blancos’ sporting director after impressing in his time with Liverpool.
The Reds might not spend nearly as much as their rivals, but they are efficient and economical with the way they spend their resources. The same cannot be said about Real Madrid, so it’s clear to see why someone like Edwards would be a dream for Florentino Perez.
Signing the likes of Eden Hazard for around £130m is no longer feasible in a market affected by COVID, even for Real Madrid, and Edwards is the type of sporting director that could help the La Liga side return to their glory days, through gradual recruitment at the right price.
Not enough has been made of how big a loss Edwards is for Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp might be able to get water from a brick as far as his coaching is concerned. But it’s unclear whether or not Ian Graham, Edwards’ replacement, will be able to make the same impact behind closed doors.
The scary thing about Madrid signing Edwards would be how they plan to operate in the transfer market. The report from the Independent reads: “The plan for the future will be big signings, albeit signed less frequently, alongside up-and-coming stars in the mould of how Liverpool signed Salah and Sadio Mane.”
The good news for Liverpool is that their squad is close to being complete.
Aside from a few squad improvements, the Reds don’t have many areas they need to focus on in terms of recruitment. Yet Edwards’ absence will be felt most keenly when it comes time to replacing the likes of Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk in several years.