AS Monaco sporting director Paul Mitchell is “extremely keen” on taking a similar role at Chelsea as the London club consider their options ahead of the January transfer window, according to journalist Ben Jacobs.
Earlier, The Times claims that Chelsea co-owner and chairman Todd Boehly has already had talks with Paris Saint-Germain football advisor Luis Campos over the sporting director role at Chelsea.
CBS Sports’ Jacobs adds that Campos is effectively a freelance, having also played an advisor role for Celta Vigo, but a clause in his contract prevents him from working for another big club in parallel.
While it remains unclear whether Campos will agree to leave PSG to work at Chelsea, he is not the only reported candidate for the role.
The Blues have reportedly approached former Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards.
Jacobs claims that Edwards was “blown away” by the project at Chelsea, but decided to turn down the job offer as he wants a full-year break from football.
Alternatively, Chelsea might go with Paul Mitchell, who currently works as a sporting director for Monaco.
Mitchell reportedly interested in Chelsea job
Unlike the aforementioned two, Jacobs claims that Mitchell is “extremely keen” on taking the sporting director role at Chelsea.
Mitchell was highly regarded by the previous board at Chelsea with former director Marina Granovskaia recommending his appointment.
The 40-year-old previously worked in a similar role at Tottenham Hotspur and RB Leipzig, before joining Monaco in 2020.
However, Jacobs mentioned that at the moment, the Chelsea ownership group has yet to make a decision, but the input from new manager Graham Potter is considered essential.
Potter also arrived at Chelsea alongside his transfer specialist Kyle Macaulay, who was an assistant head of recruitment at Brighton.
There are only a few months left before the January transfer window, so if Chelsea plan to have a sporting director in place by then, the ownership group will have to make a decision soon.