Manchester United and Chelsea battle for key Liverpool man

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Manchester United and Premier League rivals Chelsea are in a battle to hire Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards, according to Daily Mail.

Edwards is coming towards the end of his contract with Liverpool, with Julian Ward in place to replace him at Anfield from July 1st onwards.

Manchester United’s recruitment set-up is undergoing a revamp this summer, which is being led by football director John Murtough.

Whether Edwards is open to joining Manchester United given his ties to arch-rivals Liverpool remains to be seen.

Edwards joined Liverpool in 2011 as head of analytics before rising to the role of sporting director in 2016.

Edwards proved during his time at Liverpool that he is one of the best in the business at spotting talent and recruiting players with enormous potential for good value for money.

Alisson, Virgil Van Dijk, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson, Thiago and Fabinho are among the many players he played a key role in bringing to Anfield during his time as sporting director.

Manchester United’s move for Edwards is surprising given Murtough is the head of recruitment at Manchester United currently.

Premier League rivals Chelsea have also reportedly approached Edwards about joining the London club.

Chelsea new co-owner Todd Boehly wants Edwards to replace Marina Granovskaia, who controlled the club’s transfer negotiations.

However, Edwards have rejected the offers from Manchester United and Chelsea.

According to Daily Mail, Edwards is hesitant about making such a swift return to football after leaving Liverpool this summer.

He intends to take a break from the game after ten years at Liverpool.

Manchester United have made changes to the recruitment department at the club since Richard Arnold replaced Ed Woodward as the CEO of the club.

Andy O’Boyle was recently named United’s deputy football director, providing support to Murtough.

Manchester United sporting director Murtough is presently focused to negotiating the transfers of Antony, Frenkie de Jong among the players on the club’s radar.

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