Chelsea to appoint former Liverpool transfer manager as sports director
Michael Edwards, a former Liverpool transfer manager, will be contacted by Chelsea to discuss a role as the sporting committee’s chairman. Todd Boehly is the current acting sporting director.
Rumor has it that Chelsea will discuss Marina Granovskaia’s replacement as the team’s transfer coordinator with former Liverpool sports director Michael Edwards.
The west London club is in disarray following the unexpected resignations of co-chairman Bruce Buck and co-owner Todd Boehly from their posts as chairman and director, respectively.
Her departure leaves a huge gap because, after moving to Stamford Bridge when Roman Abramovich bought the team in 2003, Granovskaia managed all contract discussions and transfer activity.
The Russian-Canadian won the Golden Boy Award for Best Club Director the year before and was known as one of football’s most shrewd businesspeople.
Boehly, who has no prior experience running a football club, will now try to fill those quite enormous boots as the club’s interim sporting director for the remainder of the transfer window.
However, The Telegraph claims that Chelsea is still aiming to appoint a new permanent athletic director as soon as possible, and Edwards is on their list of candidates.
The 42-year-old saw remarkable success at Anfield, where he assisted in building a group that recently advanced to three Champions League finals, won one of them, and ended a 30-year trophy drought in the Premier League.
When Edwards was in charge of transfers, he brought in a number of young, emerging players as well as players like Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho, Sadio Mane, and Mohamed Salah. Additionally, he was successful in getting big transfer fees for overrated players.
Edwards fits all the requirements for Chelsea, and the new management of the west London club intends to chat with him about taking over at Stamford Bridge given that he has now left his post at Liverpool.
Michael Emenalo, a former director of football at Chelsea who is currently unemployed, and Andrea Berta of Atletico Madrid have also been named as potential replacements for him.
Because Boehly will be in charge of bolstering the squad through the transfer market, whoever is chosen to fill Granovskaia’s position won’t likely be able to have an impact this summer.
The American arranged for Romelu Lukaku to return on loan to Inter Milan, where he will now work to strengthen Thomas Tuchel’s squad. A striker, two center backs, and a right back are among the new players that the German coach is hoping to sign.