Manchester United ‘Close To Agreeing’ Deal With Former Liverpool Man

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp lifts the trophy as they celebrate after winning the Champions League.

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Manchester United could bring in former Liverpool sporting director to oversee their next phase of the rebuild under Erik ten Hag.

John Murtough, the club’s director of football, largely depended on the advice of the former Ajax boss to make signings during the summer transfer window. Most of the players United chased had past links with Ten Hag or Ajax.

Lisandro Martinez and Antony played under the Dutch coach at Ajax, and Christian Eriksen trained with the Amsterdam outfit before joining Brentford. Casemiro’s arrival only materialized after United gave up on signing Frenkie de Jong, Ten Hag’s former midfielder at Ajax.

The Red Devils, however, cannot keep going back to Ajax to strengthen their squad and have to use the knowledge and experience of their recruitment team to make further additions.

It is understood they are exploring the possibility of welcoming a new transfer expert to shape Ten Hag’s squad.

As per Football Insider (via the Manchester Evening News), United are ‘close to agreeing’ a deal with Michael Edwards after making him a huge offer, and are happy to wait until next summer before the appointment is finalised.

Chelsea are also thought to be interested in the former Liverpool chief’s services, but it is claimed that United are confident of beating them to his signature.

Edwards is credited with building Jurgen Klopp’s squad that lifted the Champions League and Premier League trophies in 2019 and 2020 respectively.