Report: Manchester City are not happy with what Todd Boehly is about to do at Chelsea
Reports have claimed that Manchester City are not happy that Chelsea are set to hire Southampton’s head of recruitment Joe Shields.
According to 90min, Shields has already agreed to make the move to Stamford Bridge, just three months after joining the Saints.
The 35-year-old went to St. Mary’s following a successful spell with City, and was quick to use his connections to strengthen Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side.
He was key in the Saints brining Romeo Lavia to the club, with him impressing greatly in his short spell so far.
He left a similar impression on Chelsea’s owners when they visited the South Coast in a losing effort earlier this season.
Chelsea angering Manchester City
With the transfer window still open, Todd Boehly launched a late move to sign the midfielder, despite him only moving clubs in the same window.
Reports claimed the American was prepared to pay around £50m for the transfer, but it was rejected and they were forced to look elsewhere for a late addition in the middle of the park.
While Lavia wasn’t available then, the transfer could be on in the near future if Shields is hired.
90min have claimed this imminent appointment has left the Premier League champions angry, safe in the knowledge that the recruitment specialist is aware of how things work at the Etihad.
Blues fans meanwhile will just be thankful that Boehly is beginning to hire specialists in the sport, after he took up a number of roles last season following the old regime leaving.
The club are also about to hire a technical director. Christopher Vivell has been touted as the number one target, especially after he left RB Leipzig due to a difference of opinion with the Bundesliga club.