Chelsea in advanced talks with Salzburg sporting director Christoph Freund

According to the Telegraph, CBS Sportsthe Evening Standard and The TimesChelsea are already in advanced negotiations to signal RB Salzburg sporting director Christoph Freund. (Ed.observe: by the way, we’re enjoying them tomorrow night time! Funny that.)

The 45-year-old has been in cost of recruitment at this key membership of the Red Bull soccer household since 2015, and is finest identified for unearthing Erling Braut Haaland. He additionally performed a pivotal position in Salzburg signing the likes of Dayot Upamecano, Amadou Haidara, Patson Daka, Karim Adeyemi, Benjamin Šeško and Brenden Aaronson.

Chelsea had been beforehand linked with Michael Edwards (who rejected us), Paul Mitchell (who stays at Monaco), and Luís Campos (at present advising PSG), but it surely seems to be like Freund could also be our man in the tip — combining our supposed emphasis on data-driven recruiting the place he made his title, with the human contact essential to tackle a management position throughout the assorted departments on the soccer aspect of the membership, together with transfers and negotiations like Marina Granovskaia used to do.

The risk of appointing each a sporting director and a technical director has additionally been floated, with the latter position maybe earmarked for Campos. Le Parisien are reporting that we now have provided him a hefty wage, in addition to a €300m finances to spend in the following two switch home windows.

Since Campos is with PSG solely on a consultancy foundation, he could also be extra prepared to maneuver, though we might have to pay a small compensation to them to make it occur.

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