Former Liverpool transfer guru Michael Edwards turns down a job at Chelsea after ending an 11-year stint at Anfield this summer


Former Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards has reportedly ruled out joining Chelsea.

Blues co-owner Todd Boehly has been hot on Edwards’ heels since leaving Merseyside, as he seeks a replacement for ex-transfer chief Marina Granovskaia.

Boehly led Chelsea’s turbulent summer of transfer business after being named interim sporting director.

According to The Athletic, however, Edwards, who also worked at Portsmouth and later Tottenham, refused to travel to Stamford Bridge to work under him.

Edwards forged his reputation at Liverpool as an expert negotiator and clinical deal-maker and was a key part of the set-up under Jurgen Klopp.

He sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for £142m and joined Dominic Solanke and academy graduate Rhian Brewster for a total of £47.5m, helping him sign a number of superstars.

Edwards was also a key instigator in bringing the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Alisson Becker, Fabinho, Diogo Jota, Mohamed Salah, Andrew Robertson and Thiago to Anfield.

It’s clear to see why he was top of Boehly’s list, given his success with the Reds and the club’s financial limitations.

Edwards, who joined Liverpool in November 2011, wants to take time off for at least a year to rest and recharge, it is believed.

Chelsea will now have to look elsewhere as they search for the right candidate to replace Granovskaia.

Tuchel and Boehly will remain in charge for the time being in what has been a busy window so far at Chelsea.

Raheem Sterling joined the club from Manchester City for £47.5m, while Kalidou Koulibaly was signed from Napoli for £34m, with Marc Cucurella from Brighton for £50m.

The Blues, however, missed out on Jules Kounde and Raphinha, with the duo opting to join Barcelona.

Tuchel previously indicated that his side would be in a position to challenge for the Premier League title if they get all the players they want this summer.

It remains to be seen if the club do any further business before the transfer window closes on September 1, with the focus now likely to be on exits, it seems.


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