Michael Edwards to RB Leipzig: Liverpool sporting director linked with move to Bundesliga club

The cult hero might leave Anfield as early as January and is also supposedly wanted by Real Madrid.

Michael Edwards has been linked with a Liverpool departure in January.

It's being reported that the Reds sporting director could leave Anfield before his contract expires at the end of the season.

Who are linked?

Sports BILD claims that RB Leipzig are hoping to lure Edwards to Germany.

Oliver Mintzlaff, who is Red Bull's global head of soccer, is said to favour Edwards taking up the role at the Bundesliga club and talks became more concrete a few weeks ago.

Oliver Mintzlaff. Picture:Alex Grimm/Getty Images

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Edwards has also been mooted to move to Spanish giants Real Madrid in the summer.

Why might Edwards leave Liverpool?

He's been at Anfield for a decade and is said to want a fresh challenge, although discussions have been ongoing about extending his stay.

During his time on Merseyside, Edwards has been a vital cog in the Reds' recruitment.

He helped sign the likes of Mo Salah, Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane and Alisson Becker among many others.

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Mo Salah celebrates the first of his three goals against Man Utd. Picture: October 24, 2021 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images

As a result, Jurgen Klopp has been provided with a side that has achieved Champions League and Premier League glory.

Could Edwards stay at Anfield?

Dominic King, of the Daily Mail, has reported that it is ‘not beyond the realms of possibility’ that Edwards puts pen to paper on a new contrat at Liverpool.

Who could replace Edwards at t Liverpool?

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He looks the most likely candidate to step up if Edwards does depart.