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Michael Edwards given exciting mantra as LaLiga giants approach Liverpool chief

Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards pictured with Jurgen.Klopp - photo via LFC.com

Michael Edwards will reportedly be given the directive of reducing Real Madrid’s ageing squad amid claims the La Liga giants have made their move for the Liverpool transfer guru.

Edwards’ contract with the Reds is expiring at the end of the season. There had remained a hope that he would put pen to paper on a new deal at Anfield. But that hope has now been vanquished, with Edwards penning an emotional farewell letter to Liverpool fans.

His successor too has already been decided. Indeed, his assistant Julian Ward will take charge of all Liverpool’s transfer business and existing player contracts from July 1.

However, with just over eight months remaining on his deal, Edwards continues to build on his legacy. Known as the man who brought Mohamed Salah, Alisson Becker and Virgil van Dijk to Anfield, he has played a significant role in their success. He also was the man who negotiated Philippe Coutinho’s giant sale to Barcelona. That deal alone will net the Reds a whopping £142m if all conditions are met.

Furthermore, it seems Edwards is not done yet. To that end, reports suggest he is planning one final huge signing as an Anfield goodbye.

Michael Edwards is much admired

As he approaches ‘free agent’ status, it’s little surprise to see Edwards a man in demand. Indeed, the likes of Newcastle have already been credited with an interest.

However, The Independent claims it is Real Madrid who are the most likely to lure Edwards. They report that president Florentino Perez is extremely impressed by Edwards’ work on Merseyside.

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And the paper states that Perez plans to lure Edwards with no just a sizeable contract, but also an exciting mantra. Indeed, Edwards’ task would be to help revitalise an ageing squad. By doing that, they forsee Edwards making some shrewd signings complimenting some big-money arrivals, per their Galactico heritage.

With the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Erling Haaland and Antonio Rudiger reportedly linked, it promises to be a busy summer at Real.

And Perez hopes to gain an advantage by getting Edwards on board.

Edwards on Liverpool exit

That said, Edwards’ focus will be on Liverpool until his contract expires on June 30.

Explaining his decision to leave the Reds after a decade of success, he said new ideas can benefit Jurgen Klopp’s side.

“Over my time here we have changed so many things (hopefully for the better) but someone new brings a different perspective, new ideas and can hopefully build on (or change) the things that have been put in place beforehand.

“That’s how I believe businesses/football clubs stay ahead; you need to evolve and at the heart of this kind of process is always people.

“That evolution has always been central to Liverpool’s history and I hope that this is one thing that doesn’t change.”

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