Chelsea reach agreement to appoint AS Monaco technical director – Reports
Chelsea have reportedly finalized an agreement with AS Monaco technical director Laurence Stewart for a role in their recruitment team. Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly has been on a mission to revamp the club’s recruitment team since the end of the summer transfer window.
For most of the summer, Boehly acted as the interim sporting director after Marina Granovskaia’s exit at the end of June this year. Earlier this month, the Blues were linked with former RB Leipzig man Christopher Vivell for the role of technical director.
Prior to that, the west London outfit were chasing the signature of Red Bull Salzburg’s Christoph Freund. However, Freund rejected the chance to move to England.
According to The Athletic, Chelsea are set to appoint Stewart to a recruitment role after reaching an agreement with both AS Monaco and the Englishman. Stewart has been identified as an ideal candidate due to his experience in handling a multi-club set-up at AS Monaco with Belgian side Cercle Bruges.
Stewart has previously worked with Manchester City, Everton, RB Leipzig, Football Assocation (FA) and the famed Red Bull investment group. Meanwhile, Graham Potter’s side are set to appoint Southampton’s Joe Shields as their new head of recruitment, according to The Guardian.
During the summer transfer window, Shields helped Hasenhuttl’s side rope in nine new players for around £60 million. Armel Bella-Kotchap, Duje Caleta-Car, Gavin Bazunu, Romeo Lavia, and Sekou Mara are some of the new faces for the 17th-placed Premier League club.
Chelsea, on the other hand, have also made nine additions to their squad this summer. The club signed the likes of Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly, Wesley Fofana and Marc Cucurella for over £270 million.