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Transfer News: Done Deals, Chelsea Set To Appoint New Sporting Director, Liverpool Eye Real Madrid Star

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Christoph Freund is expected to be named sporting director at Chelsea. The RB Salzburg administrator is thought to have agreed verbal terms on the role that new co-controlling owner Todd Boehly has filled on an interim basis this summer. Freund is thought to have impressed Blues owners Boehly and Behdad Eghbali with his shrewdness, bold ideas and passion.

Liverpool Eye Madrid Star

Liverpool will reportedly try again next summer to land Real Madrid’s Federico Valverde according to Football365. The Reds apparently launched a failed bid of €100m for the Uruguayan this summer and eventually signed Arthur Melo on loan. The Premier League side are also favourites to land Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund next season.

Report: <a class=Liverpool In Hunt For Real Madrid Midfielder Federico Valverde – Sports Illustrated Liverpool FC News, Analysis, and More”/>

Mourinho wanted Arsenal’s Xhaka

Granit Xhaka remained committed to Arsenal despite being wanted by Bayer Leverkusen and AS Romaaccording to Fabrizio Romano via Caughtoffside. Romano claimed that Mourinho is an admirer of the Swiss international and he wanted to sign the midfielder last year but Xhaka chose not to leave the North London club.

New zealand captain Winston Reid will retire from international football after Sunday’s friendly against Australia in front of home fans in Auckland, the former West Ham defender said on Monday. The 34-year-old, one of his country’s finest players, has been capped 32 times for the ‘All Whites’, with nearly half as captain.

DONE DEALS

OFFICIAL: Brighton appoint De Zerbi as head coach

Brighton have appointed Roberto De Zerbi as their new head coach on a four-year deal. The Italian has been out of work after leaving Shakhtar Donetsk in July following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. He had previously spent three years in charge of Serie A side Sassuolo before leaving for Shakhtar.

Brighton appoint Roberto De Zerbi as Graham Potter replacement

OFFICIAL: Stuttgart sign Dan-Axel Zagadou

Stuttgart have confirmed the signing of French center-back Dan-Axel Zagadou on a free transfer. The 23-year-old was a free agent after leaving Borussia Dortmund and has signed a contract until 2026.

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