The former Liverpool midfielder has been linked with a number of Reds Premier League rivals after more than a decade at Edwards Anfield, and he now has a lot to think about before taking his next move.
Manchester United and Chelsea are set to follow in Liverpool’s lead in the transfer market with the appointment of Michael Edwards.
The transfer guru left Anfield earlier this year after a successful season at Merseyside. During his 11 years with the Reds, he was promoted from technical expert to sporting director and was a key player for many managers.
It has already been acknowledged that Manchester United are interested in appointing Edwards as they plan to make major changes to their admissions department. The Red Devils have wasted a lot of money on the market since Sir Alex Ferguson left, and Edwards hopes to help get them on the right track.
Edwards, one of the largest clubs in the world financially, will give a lot of freedom to anyone, no matter who they are. At the same time, it will allow him to stay in the community as he has served the Reds for a long time.
Despite the temptations to move to Old Trafford, challenges are bound to arise. Whether it’s a player or an official, there aren’t many direct transfers between Liverpool and Manchester United. If he does, there will be a lot of questions about his team’s loyalty at Anfield.
Meanwhile, work at Old Trafford is also a big deal. Following the Ralph Rangnik disaster, the club is demanding a major overhaul. The current team needs a lot of investment, and despite his talent, Edwards will definitely go overboard to bring in the right players.
That’s why the move to Chelsea could be a bit of a temptation for the former Liverpool player, as the Blues are chasing his signature, according to ESPN.
The club’s new owner Todd Bohli has announced that Marina Granovskaya will leave the club this summer. Like Edwards, he has played a key role in Chelsea’s transfer trade over the last few seasons and has become one of the most powerful men in football.
However, as the acquisition ended, the Blues went in a different direction. While Boeli himself plans to become interim sporting director in search of a successor, Granovskaya will be advising the West London club from now until the end of the summer transfer window.
Unlike United, Chelsea have a deep and talented team that requires a few changes, having taken a number of silverware under Thomas Tuchel last season. With the UK government’s lifting of the ban, the Blues will of course be able to move to the transfer market.
It will be a relatively easy start to his new role compared to his move to Old Trafford.
In the meantime, moving to Stamford Bridge will give Edwards his first chance to return to London for the first time in more than a decade. He first joined Liverpool in 2011 from Tottenham Hotspur.
It remains to be seen whether this will be enough to entice him, but Manchester United and Chelsea will be keen to secure his services and follow Liverpool’s lead.
Chelsea captain Todd Bohley has spoken on the phone for the last time to sign Arsenal for £ 65 million.
Chelsea’s new owner, Todd Boeli, is in charge of the club’s exchange process, and has called Leeds to discuss Arsenal, Spurs and Barcelona’s desire for Rafinha.
Chelsea owner Todd Boely has called Leeds United in person to discuss the signing of winger Rafinha.
Rafinha is at the center of a trade dispute, with Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Barcelona chasing his signature in the summer window. The Brazilian has made 17 appearances for Leeds, scoring 17 goals and assisting 11 times.
Arsenal have already turned down an official offer from Yorkshire for £ 25million for the 25-year-old. Rafinha has two years left on his contract with Leeds, but is likely to leave Rennes in October 2020 on a £ 17million deal.
The probability of transplantation is increasing, but its destination has not been determined by stone. Arsenal are the only club to make an official offer, with Barcelona agreeing personal terms with Rafinha in February, with his agent being former Catalan midfielder Deco.
Rafinha is understood to be in favor of a move to Barcelona, but their financial problems and restrictions from La Liga are making any transfer difficult. It was in this situation that Chelsea became a destination for Rafinha.
The Boehly consortium ended up seizing the Blues from Roman Abramovich on May 30 and didn’t waste time trying to get to work. Changes have already been made behind the scenes, with both chairman Bruce Buck and director Marina Granovskaya, both Abramovich’s allies, moving in and working on the Bohli transfer in person.
According to Fabrizio Romano, the American billionaire called Leeds in person to talk about Rafinha because he has a lot of practice at Stamford Bridge. He has received the same response from Arsenal, Spurs and Barça: Rafinha will be sold for “at least £ 65 million”.
Chelsea have not made a deal this summer, but have big plans under the new ownership. The Blues are currently busy arranging for Romelu Lukaku to return to former club Inter Milan. Inter have agreed a fee of £ 6.9 million and £ 3.4 million for Chelsea to sign Lukaku on loan in the 2022/23 season, while the Belgian has agreed a 30 per cent pay cut, the Times reported.
Once the move is complete, Chelsea will be able to focus on their incoming players. In addition to Rafinha, the club are in talks to sign Manchester City striker Rahim Sterling and Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele, whose contracts are set to expire.
Although Boeli is currently pushing Chelsea’s efforts through the transfer window, the Blues are set to sign a specialist with Granovskaya, who has agreed to stay over the summer as the club moves to a new ownership.
Former Liverpool transfer captain Michael Edwards has been selected to replace Chelsea Granovskaya alongside Manchester United. The deal includes Atletico Madrid sporting director Andrea Bertha, former Barcelona technical secretary Ramon Planes, Monaco swap captain Paul Mitchell, former Tottenham chief executive Steve Hitchen and former Chelsea sporting director Michael Emenalo, according to the Daily Mail.