Manchester United want to sign Michael Edwards as he leaves his post as Liverpool sporting director, according to reports. They’re not the only ones.
This comes from the Daily Mail. They claim that both Manchester United and Chelsea are prepared to move for Michael Edwards as he leaves Liverpool.
Edwards has filled the role of sporting director at Anfield and has spent 10 years at the club. He announced late in 2021 that this would be his final season, however, as he looks to take a break from football before finding something new.
But both United and Chelsea hope to convince Edwards not to take a break. Instead, the two clubs want to sign a man synonymous with Liverpool’s rise over the last few years. Many put Edwards front and centre of the club’s transfer business and believe he’s the one who truly oversaw their incredible record in the market under Jurgen Klopp.
Manchester United and Chelsea want Michael Edwards
We shouldn’t be too surprised by this, really. In fact, good on those two clubs for trying to get Edwards – he’d be a fantastic addition to both. Edwards truly has played a key role with Liverpool over the last few years.
“He has been a constant presence during my period at LFC and his contribution to our success is clear for everyone to see,” is how Klopp described him, per the Liverpool Echo.
But before anyone starts to worry that United and Chelsea are about to nail every signing, there are a few things to consider. Firstly, Edwards oversaw transfers at Liverpool, though the Reds boast a lot of moving parts before doing a deal. He might have his name on the deals but the club relies on a lot of people to get their moves right – it’s not down to one man.
And part of that is undoubtedly Klopp and his coaching staff. It’s one thing to pick out the right players, another to sign them, and then another entirely to develop those players and use them in the right way. Signings like Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané look great because Klopp and co. improved them as players.
We’ve already found an example of that at Liverpool as Julian Ward completed a deal for Luis Diaz in January. He exploded at Anfield immediately.
And it’s something we’ve seen at other clubs, too. Monchi, for instance, is unbelievably good as a sporting director for Sevilla but struggled at AS Roma. Once he returned to the setup in Seville, success also returned with him. It’s the club’s setup that allows sporting directors to deliver success.
Liverpool have their setup and will back Ward to continue Edwards’ efforts. United and Chelsea have far more work to do before Edwards can match what he’s done at Anfield.