Christoph Freund: Chelsea Set to Appoint Talent Spotter Who Discovered Erling Haaland As New Sports Director

Christoph Freund: Chelsea Set to Appoint Talent Spotter Who Discovered Erling Haaland As New Sports Director

  • Chelsea are reportedly close to naming RB Salzburg chief Christoph Freund as the west London club's next sporting director
  • Freund is expected to work closely with Chelsea's scouting department to headhunt top football talent for signing
  • The RB Salzburg chief is widely credited for his role in identifying Manchester City striker Erling Haaland

Chelsea are reportedly lining up Christoph Freund as the club's next sporting director.

The Blues are currently undergoing a significant transformation in terms of leadership following the exit of Roman Abramovich as the club's owner.

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Sports director Christoph Freund reacts before the Admiral Bundesliga match between FK Austria Wien and FC Red Bull Salzburg at Generali Arena. Photo by Christian Hofer.
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A number of high-profile members of the Chelsea hierarchy have left the club since the club's takeover was completed back in May to usher in a fresh reign under Todd Boehly.

Marina Granovskaia, who was the Director of Chelsea, is one such individual, alongside Thomas Tuchel, who was recently sacked as the manager.

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While Tuchel's role has since been filled following Graham Potter's appointment, several other crucial positions are yet to be sorted.

Chelsea shortlists Christoph Freund for sporting director role

One such role is the position of the sporting director, which Freund, who is currently attached at RB Salzburg, has been shortlisted for.

According to the Daily Star, Boehly is a big fan of the Red Bull chief and his data-led approach.

The publication claims Freund was at Stamford Bridge during Potter's first game in charge when Chelsea took on Salzburg in the Champions League.

Revered Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano claims Chelsea have already agreed a deal with Freund, and Salzburg have been informed of his imminent exit.

Freund is widely credited for his role in identifying Man City hotshot Erling Haaland.

Source: SportsBrief.com