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Florentino Perez plotting raid for Liverpool transfer mastermind in stunning new role

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, June 2019

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez wants to tempt Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards to the Spanish capital, a report has claimed.

Edwards moved to Liverpool from Tottenham in 2011, initially as an analyst. However, he soon worked his way up at the club and became technical director in 2016.

Not long after, though, he stepped into the sporting director role. Since then, he has risen to prominence for helping restore Liverpool as a European footballing power.

Still, Edwards’ contract expires next summer and reports revealed in August that he could leave then. He feels that, after 10 years at Anfield, he would be leaving on a high note after the Reds’ recent success.

Nevertheless, talk of where his talents will move to next has proved sparse.

According to The Sun on Sunday, though, Real Madrid want Edwards at the Santiago Bernabeu from next summer.

Madrid chief Perez sees the sporting director leading a new era at Los Blancos. In fact, from the end of next season, the club reportedly want to implement wholesale changes and a change of direction.

They would include signing top new players and potentially finding a new coach. While Carlo Ancelotti is back in Madrid, his long-term future there remains unclear.

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Should Edwards join up, he would be able to take the key decisions over new players.

Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe is an obvious, long-term target for Madrid. The France international recently came clean on his desire to move to Madrid this summer.

Fellow striker Erling Haaland, of Borussia Dortmund, is also on their transfer radar. However, Edwards has proved a mastermind at Liverpool for getting value for money.

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Elsewhere, Liverpool are reportedly at the front of the race to sign Club Brugge winger Noa Lang.

The Netherlands international has enjoyed fantastic form since last season and consequently caught the eye across Europe.

In the Premier League, the Reds, Leeds and Arsenal all have interest in signing him.

According to the latest report, though, Liverpool have taken the lead in the race for Lang.

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