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Senior Manchester United executive ‘STUNNED’ that the club ‘haven’t tried everything’ to bring former Liverpool director Michael Edwards to Old Trafford… with the likes of Real Madrid, Chelsea and PSG keen on the transfer guru
- Michael Edwards is wanted by Europe’s top clubs after leaving Liverpool
- Liverpool’s former sporting director had been influential for the Reds since 2016
- Manchester United are one club who have been linked with a move for Edwards
A Manchester United executive is reportedly ‘stunned’ that the club haven’t done everything they can to bring former Liverpool transfer guru Michael Edwards to Old Trafford.
The Mirror claims the unnamed chief has been left bemused by the club’s decision to not try and recruit Liverpool’s former director, who was hailed as ‘instrumental’ in masterminding some of Jurgen Klopp’s greatest signings.
United are said to be plotting an entire restructure of their hierarchy as they look to bring the club back to its former glories after suffering their worst Premier League season in history.
A Manchester United chief executive is stunned at the lack of movement over trying to bring former Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards (left) to Old Trafford
Edwards excelled at strategically offloading players for sensational fees – squeezing £142million out of Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho which was swiftly invested into Virgil van Dijk and Alisson – while also bringing in the likes of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Andrew Robertson among others.
After 11 years in total on Merseyside, Edwards decided to leave the club and has been the subject of interest from some of Europe’s top sides.
Real Madrid and Paris-Saint Germain have reportedly reached out to the 42-year-old, while Chelsea are also interested following the upcoming departure of Marina Granovskaia.
One issue United would have is that John Murtough is currently occupying the football director role that Edwards would most likely suit.
Edwards helped transform Liverpool into Premier League and European champions
Edwards helped bring the likes of Mo Salah (left) and Andy Robertson (right) to Anfield
Murtough was appointed as the Red Devils’ first football director back in March 2021.
The club have struggled to bring in new signings so far this summer window, when all of their rivals at the top of the Premier League have been bringing in new recruits.
New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly is on the record as a keen admirer of the way Liverpool operated during Edwards’ time at the club.
New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly is a keen admirer of the way Liverpool operated during Edwards’ time at Anfield and is interested in bringing him to Stamford Bridge
John Murtough (right) currently occupies the role that Edwards would likely suit at Old Trafford
At a venture capital event, the American businessman said: ‘If you look at the models that are very successful, Liverpool is a great model. They generate a couple of hundred million more revenue than Chelsea and they generate earnings.’
It is not difficult to comprehend why United would be attracted to Edwards given the huge success he had at Anfield.
He joined Liverpool in 2011 as head of analytics before a number of promotions eventually saw him take up the role of sporting director.
For now, United are focused on strengthening their squad ahead of next season, a process being led by Murtough – with the likes of Frenkie de Jong and Pau Torres among the players on the club’s radar.
The likes of Chelsea, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are all interested in Edwards