Chelsea are in talks with Michael Edwards, according to reports. The sporting director left Liverpool this summer.
This comes from the Daily Mail. They claim that Chelsea are in talks with former Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards.
Edwards left Anfield this summer after a decade at the club. That decade saw him rise up the ranks into a sporting director role where he oversaw the club’s transfer business under Jurgen Klopp. His success in the role has made him a target for Chelsea, who view him as their no.1 priority.
Hence the talks, of course, but the Blues face a major problem. Edwards is thought to be taking a one-year break from the game. Chelsea want to install someone next month, though, and they’ll need to be extra persuasive in order to change Edwards’ mind.
The only way they might do that is by handing the director quite a lot of power. It’s thought that Chelsea are reluctant to do that, however, under their brand new ownership.
They appear to be at an immediate stalemate, then.
Chelsea in Michael Edwards talks
This follows on from several reports in June that clubs were lining up to poach Edwards. The Daily Mail says Manchester United have interest, while Sky Sports name Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.
Honestly, it’s all a massive compliment to Liverpool and how they’ve handled their transfer business. But as we wrote when Edwards announced his departure, the Reds were always far from reliant on their sporting director.
And that’s been proven by their business in 2022. Liverpool have continued to strike fantastic deals and secure their targets in a timely fashion. While Edwards would unquestionably be a fine signing for any club, it’ll take far more than just that to replicate Liverpool.
Still, we’d rather he went abroad than to Chelsea. Can’t be having them knowing the secrets.