Chelsea set to make approach for Liverpool’s sporting director

Premier League giants, Chelsea and Manchester United are both reportedly interested in securing the services of Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards as part of their recruitment teams.

Edwards announced earlier last year that he would step down from his role at Anfield, with the 42-year-old’s current deal set to end in June.

“Ten years – that’s a pretty long time in anyone’s working life. In football terms it is an era in itself, particularly at a club like Liverpool where the expectations and standards are never anything other than as high as the supporters deserve,” read an open letter to the Liverpool supporters last year.

“To be part of this club during this period has been a privilege due to the people I have been fortunate enough to work with and the success we have enjoyed. But all good things must come to an end and, in my case, I recently completed my final summer window as Liverpool sporting director.

“Even writing those words seems a bit surreal, but at the end of this season I will pack up my laptop and leave my office at the AXA Training Centre for the last time.”

Edwards, who will be replaced by deputy sporting director Julian Ward, made the switch to the Merseyside Reds back in November 2011 and has played a main role in their recruitment in recent years.

The Reds owners are believed to have made a number of attempts to convince Edwards to extend his current deal, however, he has decided to seek pastures new at this stage of his career.

The transfer expert played vital roles in the adding of the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Thiago, Fabinho and Alisson Becker at Anfield.

According to the Daily Mail, both Chelsea and Man Utd want to keep Edwards in the English top-tier, with the former revamping their set-up under football director John Murtough.

The report suggests that the Red Devils want Edwards to become a key part of their transfer business this summer.

The Blues are also believed to have already approached the transfer expert with a view to bringing him to Stamford Bridge under their new owners Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital.