Chelsea are expected to make contact with former Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards over a possible move to Stamford Bridge this summer.
Edwards enjoyed a hugely successful ten years at Liverpool, earning plaudits for his impressive transfer business before allowing his contract to expire this summer, admitting that he had always planned to limit himself to a decade at Anfield.
Chelsea are on the lookout for a new sporting director after confirming the departure of long-time executive Marina Granovskaia, with new owner Todd Boehly taking over the club’s transfer business while a full-time replacement is found.
Atletico Madrid’s Andrea Berta was linked with a move to the Bridge earlier this summer and now The Telegraph have thrown Edwards’ name into the mix.
There is no indication as to whether Edwards would be interested in the role, only that Chelsea are expected to reach out to the 43-year-old to determine his next career plan.
Edwards, who was born in Southampton, spent time as an analyst on the books at both Portsmouth and Tottenham before making the move to Liverpool in November 2011, impressing enough to earn himself a promotion to the boardroom four years later.
During his time at Liverpool, Edwards forged a reputation as one of the game’s best recruitment chiefs, playing a crucial role in the signings of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Andy Robertson, Georginio Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Alisson and Virgil van Dijk – all of whom played enormous roles in Liverpool’s return to prominence.
Chelsea are looking for someone of Edwards’ pedigree to lead them into their new era under Boehly, who is taking an active role in the club’s transfer negotiations this summer.
The owner was behind the loan deal to send Romelu Lukaku back to Inter, but Boehly is keen to find someone else to assume control in the long run.