The Evening Standard reported on Tuesday that former Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards has rejected Chelsea’s offer, thus he will not join the latter as their team’s new Director of Football.
According to reports, Edwards has made it clear that after leaving Liverpool this summer, he hopes to temporarily leave the footballing world to rest and recharge with a sabbatical. He will not accept a new job offer until at least a year later, as such he has refused the Premier League giants’ offer.
The report also added that it is very likely that Chelsea will target Luís Campos, who just took over as Paris Saint-Germain’s Sports Advisor role this summer, but this possibility should be very low. If they can’t get Campos, reports say Chelsea will not rule out switching their target to Red Bull Salzburg’s Christoph Freund.
Freund, 45, joined Red Bull Salzburg as Assistant Sporting director in 2015 at the invitation of former Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick. After Rangnick moved to coach sister club RB Leipzig, Freund was officially promoted to the position of Sporting Director.
Under his management, Red Bull Salzburg has successfully nurtured Sadio Mané, Naby Këita, Erling Håland, Takumi Minamino, Karim Adeyemi, Patson Daka, Hwang Hee-Chan, Dayot Upamecano and many more, the hottest superstars in today’s football, and with his shrewd eye and talent spotting ability, Fruend has always been successful in being able to effectively find a strong replacement for the Austrian Bundesliga side who has always seen their star players being poached away, thereby gaining a reputation as one of the best Sporting Director across European football.
Since taking over the club, Chelsea owner Todd Boehly has not appointed a new director of football, instead he has taken over the role himself to conduct all of the Blues’ transfer matters, but with the recent appointment of former Brighton head coach Graham Potter as their new manager, Boehly changed his mind and hoped to have an official Director of Football appointed to assist Potter before the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.