Sources have confirmed that Christoph Freund has agreed to become Chelsea’s new sporting director 90 minuteswhich would make him move from Red Bull Salzburg.
The 45-year-old had already held talks with Chelsea – as such 90 minutes revealed earlier. These talks made further progress this weekend, with sources confirming that an agreement had been reached.
Chelsea’s lack of a Premier League match this weekend has given them a chance to move up the hierarchy and they have now agreed terms with Freund. 90 minutes He was said to have spoken at length with new coach Graham Potter, who in turn gave the go-ahead for the Austrian’s appointment.
Freund was identified by co-owner Todd Boyle as the man for the role after the club failed to persuade former Liverpool player Michael Edwards to take over.
Chelsea also spoke to the likes of Paul Mitchell and Luis Campos about the role. But Buhli offered Freund the job and agreed to take over – after Red Bull Salzburg gave him his blessing to negotiate terms with Chelsea.
Freund signed a new long-term deal at Salzburg earlier this year, but they didn’t try to stop him from leaving, realizing that the chance of a move to Stamford Bridge is a huge one.
Chelsea Terms with Salzburg and Freund are now set to be finalized, but he is expected to confirm his appointment as early as next week.