By Pete O'Rourke

25th Oct, 2022 | 9:19am

Sources: Man United close to agreeing deal with ex-Liverpool chief Michael Edwards after 'huge offer'

Man United are confident of beating Chelsea to the appointment of former Liverpool transfer guru Michael Edwards, sources have told Football Insider.

United are close to agreeing a deal with the 43-year-old and are willing to wait until next summer for him to join.

The Premier League giants have made up their minds that Edwards is the right man to oversee their transfer business after so many expensive mistakes in the past and have submitted what is believe to be a “hugely attractive offer” to him.

The architect of Liverpool’s outstanding transfer business in the Jurgen Klopp era is currently on a sabbatical and is taking a year out.

He left Anfield at the end of last season after 11 years and is said to be keen on a new challenge.

United and Chelsea are both looking to bring in a new sporting director to head up their new recruitment teams and both clubs made Edwards their top target.

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The Londoners have had multiple approaches for Edwards knocked back as co-owner Todd Boehly continues his huge overhaul of the club’s hierarchy off the pitch following his takeover.

Edwards has made it clear he does not want to interrupt his sabbatical for an early return to top-level football.

Chelsea have now turned their attention to alternative targets, while United push ahead with agreeing terms with Edwards.

News that Liverpool’s former recruitment chief is likely to join their bitter rivals is unlikely to go down well with their supporters.

Edwards joined Liverpool from Tottenham to take up the role of head of analytics in 2011.

He was promoted on a number of occasions during that time before taking up the role of sporting director in November 2016.

It marked a period in which Liverpool built an outstanding squad through mostly inexpensive fees, with the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson, Roberto Firmino, Fabinho and Diogo Jota proving outstanding value for money.

When Liverpool have spent big – most notably the £75m and £67m fees for Virgil van Dijk and goalkeeper Alisson Becker – those deals were vindicated as well.

Under Edwards’s leadership, Liverpool also proved adept at securing huge profits when selling players, most notably with the £142m fee for Philippe Coutinho.

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