Later News Jun 23

Chelsea reportedly battling Manchester United for signature of transfer guru Michael Edwards

One of the most important signings this summer could revolve around an individual who will add absolutely nothing to the team on the pitch.


No, we are not talking about Harry Maguire or Romelu Lukaku.


Instead, it is the signature of former Liverpool transfer guru Michael Edwards that is in demand, with both Manchester United and Chelsea reportedly looking to snag the man who oversaw the recruitment of the likes of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, and Andy Robertson.


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The Blues are understood to currently be in pole position to bring Edwards on board, following the departure of club director Marina Granovskaia, who had a reputation of being such a good salesperson, she could probably dupe United into buying back Lukaku for £100m by breakfast if she wanted to.


Edwards is due to leave Liverpool this summer once his contract is up, with the Reds already replacing him with new sporting director Julian Ward.


And it is believed that new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly is desperate to land Edwards in order to lead the restructuring of the club’s technical and recruitment department, which has, for the past 20-odd years, had the simple job of throwing bags of money at top players to improve the quality of the team.


The likes of Monaco and Ajax are also reportedly interested in Edwards, but neither of them would be able to offer the sort of prestige that Chelsea have.


Edwards’ other suitor, United – whose backroom operations are currently headed by John Murtough following the departure of Liverpool’s favourite executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward – are understood to also be keeping track of Brentford’s Lee Dykes.




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