Todd Boehly (48) is used to thinking big. The American is a multi-billionaire, entrepreneur, has shares in the Los Angeles Lakers, the Dodgers. He has been the new co-owner of Chelsea FC since May this year. And of course he also has big plans with the Premier League club.
Boehly wants nothing less than to build up a club empire around the “Blues”, based on the Red Bull model. It is therefore not surprising that he contacts the staff with the appropriate experience.
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According to information from “The Athletic”, Chelsea asked Oliver Mintzlaff (47) and wanted the RB managing director as the new CEO.
Mintzlaff should become an important piece of the puzzle in the great upheaval at the 2021 Champions League winner. But BILD knows: Mintzlaff (contract in Leipzig until 2026) canceled a long time ago.
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After Boehly took over, coach Thomas Tuchel (49) had already been replaced by Graham Potter (47). Marina Granovskaia (45), once the most powerful woman in football under ex-owner Roman Abramovich (55), is now history at Stamford Bridge.
Boehly’s vision: “I want to further expand the footprint. I think there are different countries where there are advantages to having a club.” The City Football Group, which includes Manchester City, New York City and Melbourne City, is also a role model.
According to the English media, two new top people are to be installed in Chelsea’s leadership. The decision should be made before the upcoming Qatar World Cup (20/11-18/12).
Luís Campos (57), strategic advisor to Paris Saint-Germain, declined despite a lucrative offer (salary of eight million).
According to information from the Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, there is now an agreement with Christoph Freund (45). It is said that only the deal with Salzburg has to be negotiated. But that should happen quickly.
However, they don’t want to know anything about that at the top Austrian club. Salzburg managing director Stephan Reiter immediately denied that the sports director would leave soon. “I can definitely rule that out, neither Chelsea nor Christoph Freund spoke to me or the club management about anything like that. Christoph recently signed a contract with us until 2026, which applies to him as well as to players, managers or coaches,” said Reiter to “Sky”.
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Freund has been with the “Red Bulls” since 2006, when he started there as team manager. In 2012, he was promoted to sports coordinator. In 2015, the former professional (including Grödig and Puch) took over the position of sports director.
And: His record is impressive. During his time as sports director, Salzburg spent 147 million euros on new players. On the other hand, the club sold players worth 479 million euros. That makes a transfer plus of 332 million euros. Chelsea can only dream of such balance sheets at the moment.
For comparison: this summer alone, the Londoners have invested 281.99 million euros in new stars. For disposals, on the other hand, only 58.8 million euros were taken back. Makes a transfer minus of a whopping 223.19 million euros…
Freund’s forte is selling budding top stars who have been trained at the club for a bargain price. The best examples of this are Erling Haaland (for 20 million euros to BVB), Karim Adeyemi (for 30 million euros to BVB) or record departure Brenden Aaronson (for 32.84 million euros to Leeds United). At the same time, Freund repeatedly succeeded in replacing these sales with talents of almost equal value.
At Chelsea he could now succeed Marina Granovskaia (47). The Russian had to vacate her post with the “Blues”. She was one of the closest confidants of ex-owner Roman Abramovich (55), who was forced to sell the club because of his closeness to Russia’s dictator Vladimir Putin.