Chelsea battle for Liverpool key man, as Blues announce 6ft 7in deal done
Chelsea is eager to sign a key man from Liverpool this summer.
Chelsea and Manchester United, two powerhouses in the Premier League, are apparently both interested in hiring Liverpool’s sporting director Michael Edwards for their hiring departments.
Edwards, whose 42-year-old current contract was slated to expire in June, revealed earlier this year that he would leave his position at Anfield.
“Ten years – that’s a pretty long time in anyone’s working life. In football terms it is an era in itself, particularly at a club like Liverpool where the expectations and standards are never anything other than as high as the supporters deserve,” read an open letter to the Liverpool supporters last year.
“To be part of this club during this period has been a privilege due to the people I have been fortunate enough to work with and the success we have enjoyed. But all good things must come to an end and, in my case, I recently completed my final summer window as Liverpool sporting director.
“Even writing those words seems a bit surreal, but at the end of this season I will pack up my laptop and leave my office at the AXA Training Centre for the last time.”
Edwards joined the Merseyside Reds in November 2011 and has been instrumental in their recent signings. He will be succeeded by deputy sports director Julian Ward.
The Reds’ owners are rumored to have tried several times to persuade Edwards to extend his current contract, but at this point in his career, he has made the decision to move on.
The addition of players like Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Thiago, Fabinho, and Alisson Becker to Anfield was made possible in large part because to the transfer guru.
Meanwhile, According to the Daily Mail, John Murtough, the football director of Chelsea, and Manchester United both want to keep Edwards in the English top division.
According to the article, the Red Devils want Edwards to play a significant role in their summer transfer strategy.
The Blues are also believed to have already approached the transfer expert with a view to bringing him to Stamford Bridge under their new owners Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital.
Chelsea have confirmed that Lucas Bergstrom has joined Peterborough for the next 12 months in order to get some game time
Standing at 6 feet 7 inches, the Finnish player, who joined Chelsea from Turun Palloseura during the 2018–19 season, has been a fixture in the Stamford Bridge Academy squads.
Chelsea announced on the club website: ‘Academy goalkeeper Lucas Bergstrom will spend next season on loan at Peterborough United.
‘The 19-year-old Finland Under-21 international (pictured above), who joined Chelsea during the 2018/19 season, made 15 appearances for our development squad last season and was an unused sub for the men’s first team for the home match against Zenit in the Champions League group stage.
‘Peterborough will be playing in League One this season having been relegated from the Championship.’
And after seeing the deal get announced – Posh boss Grant McCann was pleased to secure his services and was thankful to the Premier League side for allowing the move to happen.
“Lucas is very highly-rated at Chelsea. He is commanding, a very good shot-stopper and extremely aggressive from crosses and good with his feet. I must give huge thanks to Carlo Cudicini and Chelsea for trusting us in developing Lucas further and we can’t wait to work with him,” McCann said.
Bergström will link-up with his new team-mates on the 22nd June when the Posh squad return for pre-season testing. There will be an interview with Bergström on his arrival at the idverde Training Ground.