United are within the midst of revamping their recruitment set-up, work which is being led by soccer director John Murtough.
And a number of sources declare that Edwards is of curiosity to the new-look Old Trafford regime as they proceed to overhaul their transfer group.
Manchester United and Chelsea are focused on Liverpool’s former transfer guru Michael Edwards (left) – who’s pictured alongside Jurgen Klopp and FSG president Mike Gordon (proper)
Chelsea proprietor Todd Boehly (left image, proper) is known to have explored the potential of appointing Edwards to a senior recruitment place whereas the Glazer household (proper) want to carry the ex-Liverpool man to United as they proceed to overhaul their transfer group
Whether Edwards is open to becoming a member of United given his ties to arch-rivals Liverpool stays to be seen.
But it isn’t tough to comprehend why United are attracted to Edwards given the massive success he had at Anfield.
He joined Liverpool in 2011 as head of analytics earlier than quite a lot of promotions finally noticed him take up the position as sporting director.
Edwards turned a pivotal determine in reworking the membership into Premier League and European champions thanks to his signings; Alisson, Virgil Van Dijk, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson, Thiago and Fabinho are among the many many gamers he performed a key position in bringing to Anfield.
Equally spectacular have been among the charges he secured from participant gross sales, together with £146m for Philippe Coutinho.
Edwards helped remodel Liverpool into Premier League and European champions
Edwards helped carry the likes of Mo Salah (left) and Andy Robertson (proper) to Anfield
Where Edwards, given his experience, expertise and doubtless excessive wage, could be positioned throughout the United recruitment construction poses an intriguing scenario given Murtough’s position as division head.
For now, United are targeted on strengthen their squad forward of subsequent season, with Murtough main that course of – the likes of Frenkie de Jong and Pau Torres among the many gamers on the membership’s radar.
But whereas an addition to the membership’s recruitment group shouldn’t be thought to be imminent, there may be an acknowledgement behind the scenes that United are consistently surveying the footballing panorama in quest of enhancements.
United have carried out quite a lot of adjustments to their off subject operation since final yr together with the appointment of Richard Arnold as CEO, changing Ed Woodward as their most senior government.
Fabinho (left), Virgil Van Dijk (centre proper), and Sadio Mane (proper) are among the many many gamers he performed a key position in bringing to Anfield
Edwards additionally secured large money from participant gross sales, together with £146m for Philippe Coutinho
More not too long ago Andy O’Boyle was named United’s deputy soccer director, offering assist to Murtough – himself handed that new position final March – to drive ‘the club’s soccer technique throughout the primary group, academy and girls’s group.’
In addition to Edwards, it’s understood Brentford’s director of recruitment Lee Dykes and Middlesbrough’s head of soccer Kieron Scott even have admirers at Old Trafford.
However, United will not be the one top-flight membership focused on Edwards after Chelsea approached Liverpool’s former chief about changing into their subsequent sporting director.
It is known that Chelsea’s new homeowners, Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital, have explored the potential of appointing Edwards to a senior recruitment place after confirming the departure of long-serving director Marina Granovskaia, who managed the membership’s transfer negotiations.
Likewise, Sportsmail has discovered that Edwards attracted curiosity from Ajax earlier this yr following the departure of Marc Overmars.
Chelsea have approached Edwards about changing into their subsequent sporting director
However, Edwards is known to be hesitant about making such a swift return to soccer after leaving Liverpool this summer season, initially with a view to taking a break from the game.
It stays to be seen whether or not Chelsea revive their curiosity given Edwards’ authentic apprehension.
In addition to Edwards, Chelsea have additionally been linked with Atletico Madrid’s sporting director Andrea Berta, whereas former Barcelona technical secretary Ramon Planes, Monaco transfer chief Paul Mitchell and ex-Tottenham efficiency director Steve Hitchen may additionally emerge as early candidates.
The prospect of Michael Emenalo, who left his position as Chelsea’s technical director in 2017, returning to Stamford Bridge additionally shouldn’t be discounted.
Edwards (proper) is known to be hesitant about making such a swift return to soccer
For the time being, new co-owner Todd Boehly will tackle the position as interim sporting director because the membership take into account their choices.
Sources shut to the membership have indicated the hands-on US tycoon has thrown himself into the position, a lot in order that the membership are in no main rush to appoint a full-time sporting director.
Granovskaia is the most recent high-profile Chelsea departure following their £4.25bn Boehly-Clearlake Capital takeover although will stay out there to the membership for the rest of the summer season transfer window.
Boehly was additionally named new Chelsea chairman.