Manchester United are plotting a potential move for former Liverpool chief recruitment Michael Edwards.
Edwards left his role at Liverpool last season, and The Mail report: “Multiple sources claim that Edwards is of interest to the new-look Old Trafford regime as they continue to overhaul their transfer team.”
United also face competition from Chelsea to hire Edwards, with the London club also going through a restructure.
Edwards left Liverpool earlier this season and is out of work. It is unclear whether he would be prepared to join United.
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Edwards would come in and potentially work above or alongside football director John Murtough. The exact nature of any structure he would fit into remains unclear.
But if United really can lure a proven chief recruitment of Edwards’ stature, then the structure is worth ripping out to fit him in and give him the power he needs.
Edwards has a background in analytics and spent 11 years at Liverpool in total, helping them evolve from also rans to regularly compete for the title, taking over as sporting director in 2016.
He is responsible for identifying and signing top stars Mo Salah, Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho and Alisson, as well as more unpolished gems like Andy Robertson, Joel Matip.
Part of what made him such a success was an ability to sell players at the right time for high fees, offsetting the spending.
The Coutinho sale remains a Premier League record, while Dominic Solanke, sold for £24 million, Mamadou Sakho, sold for £26 million and Rhian Brewster (£23.5 million) show how effective he was at generating profit on players, none of who have gone onto prove him wrong.
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A potential Premier League game changer
This is the type of move Manchester United need to make to stand a chance of moving up the Premier League table in the years to come.
With newly appointed boss Erik ten Hag in charge, a top manager is at the helm. But this early slow start to the summer transfer business shows the Dutchman needs help.
Edwards would be the best possible man to bring in to assist him, a figurehead who could guide and point United back towards the top by doing business the smart way, conducting sensitive incoming and outgoing transfer deals.
If United appoint Edwards, a big if, it is the type of move which could change the course of Premier League history, and put the Red Devils back on top again.
Interest in Edwards is encouraging. Let’s see if the club have the serious intent to make it happen, and make a real statement to shake the league up.
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