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PSG turn their attention to Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards

The Paris club were knocked out of the Champions League by Real Madrid recently

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PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi in Doha

PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi in Doha

PSG are eyeing Liverpool’s Michael Edwards to take over as the club’s new sporting director at the end of the season, according to Telegraph.

 

PSG’s disappointing Champions League elimination at the hands of Real Madrid has put the future of current sporting director Leonardo in doubt. The Parisian outfit were supposed to be one of the favourites for the trophy, especially after bringing in the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos, Gini Wijnaldum, Donnarumma and Achraf Hakimi in the summer.

PSG’s Qatari owners have spent eye-watering sums over the years to bring the ever-elusive Champions League trophy to Paris, but have been unsuccessful so far. The closest they came to European glory was when Thomas Tuchel led the team to the final of the competition in the 2019-20 season, where they were downed by eventual champions Bayern Munich. 

 

The interest in Edwards might suggest the club have reviewed their deals over the years and are willing to take a different direction when it comes to doing business. Edwards is known for his shrewd work in bringing the likes of Salah, Mane, Van Dijk and most importantly Jurgen Klopp to Liverpool. These signings have, over the years, proven to be transformative in nature for the Merseyside club. 

 

The likes of Salah and Mane were well rated within football, but not many expected the pair to hit such individual levels over the years. In Mbappe, Neymar, Messi, Icardi and Di Maria, PSG have four players who are around or above the age of 30. 23-year-old Kylian Mbappe is undoubtedly the most valuable asset the club have got at the moment, but the Frenchman is widely believed to be heading to Real Madrid on a free transfer upon the end of his current contract in the summer. 

 

Whether they manage to hold on to Mbappe or not, the future PSG acquisitions will have to be in the early or mid-20s, much like Mane, Salah and more recent Edwards signing Diogo Jota were when he brought them to Liverpool. 

 

According to the report, Edwards is one of the names being considered, along with Atletico’s Andrea Berta and Sassuolo’s Giovanni Rossi.

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