Chelsea face a struggle to recruit switch guru Michael Edwards after Todd Boehly’s No 1 selection as sporting director vowed to take a year-long break following his Liverpool exit
- Chelsea have opened talks with Michael Edwards however should clear two hurdles
- The Blues need Liverpool’s former sporting director to just accept an identical function
- However Edwards needs a yr to recharge after leaving Jurgen Klopp’s Reds aspect
Todd Boehly has been on the path of Edwards since he left Anfield on the finish of final season, as he searches for one of the best ways to fill the void left by Marina Granovskaia’s exit.
New co-owner Boehly has boldly shouldered the accountability of main Chelsea’s hectic summer time of switch enterprise, with head coach Thomas Tuchel additionally taking part in an energetic function.
Securing Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards (left) is a spotlight for Chelsea proper now
New Blues proprietor Todd Boehly has been on his tail since he left Anfield on the finish of final season
They’ve accomplished the signings of Raheem Sterling from Manchester Metropolis for £47.5million and Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli for £34m and stand getting ready to a £50m deal for Marc Cucurella from Brighton, an attention-grabbing swoop for a left again wished by Manchester Metropolis.
Different formidable targets stay energetic however some have gone, together with Sevilla defender Jules Kounde and winger Raphinha of Leeds, who each snubbed the London membership for Barcelona.
They’re additionally searching a proper wing-back and are trying severely at Denzel Dumfries however have baulked at Inter Milan’s £42m valuation. Southampton’s Kyle Walker-Peters is one other goal.
On the identical time, Chelsea nonetheless have gamers who wish to go away and a pissed off Tuchel admits his crew is just not prepared for the Premier League season, which begins with a visit to Everton on Saturday.
Edwards cast his popularity at Liverpool as an professional negotiator and medical nearer of offers, on the head of a crew mixing information and eyes-in-the-stand scouting operations with the calls for of supervisor Jurgen Klopp and the membership’s monetary limitations.
After their success in recent times, little surprise he figures so prominently on Boehly’s checklist as he tries to create an identical tier of experience at Chelsea from the stays of a singular buying and selling operation run by Roman Abramovich.
Edwards, nevertheless, made it clear when he give up after a decade at Anfield that he deliberate to take a break for as much as a yr to refresh and recharge earlier than embarking on his subsequent problem.
Ideally, Chelsea need somebody in place subsequent month so this represents the primary impediment to beat. The second issues the diploma of management they’re ready to grant the primary sporting director of the Boehly and Clearlake Capital period.
There are questions over how his function will dovetail with that of supervisor Thomas Tuchel (proper)
Edwards, arriving ready of energy with different golf equipment additionally eager to accumulate his providers, would anticipate the liberty to construct an empire as he sees match, however the place does this go away these already in place?
The place does it go away Tuchel, the favored Champions League successful coach, if they don’t have a shared imaginative and prescient?
There will probably be no scarcity of alternate options if Boehly and Edwards can not agree a deal.
The job may be very enticing for individuals who made their names on this function, together with Paul Mitchell, as soon as of Southampton and Tottenham and now at Monaco, and Atletico Madrid’s Andrea Berta, who’s regarded as on the lookout for a change of surroundings and has admirers at Chelsea.