Chelsea eye to get the signature of Bayer Leverkusen director Tim Steidten.
Chelsea are planning to hold talks with Bayer
Leverkusen’s Tim Steidten to take their sporting
director role after Christoph Freund rejected the job,
according to the Guardian .
The RB Salzburg transfer guru was initially
interested in moving to West London. But the
Austrian club were adamant about not letting him
go after he recently signed a new four-year deal.
Chelsea were confident about signing Freund after
several talks with the 45-year-old over the vacant
However, he eventually had a change of heart and
decided to honor his agreement with the Austrian
His decision is thought to be influenced by
Salzburg’s reluctance to let him go, with the club’s
CEO Stephan Reiter publicly reiterating his desire to
see Freund stay.
In a statement confirming that Freund is staying,
Reiter said: “Of course, he informed me about
Chelsea’s interest in him, and we exchanged ideas
on a personal level and in good conversations. The
fact is that he will remain our sporting director.”
Freund admitted he considered Chelsea’s proposals
but insisted he was content with his role at
“Chelsea was interested in me. When a big club
asks, it is a circumstance that entails personal
“But I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m in the best
of hands with RB Salzburg and that a change is out
of the question for me.”
Despite the setback, the Blues are undeterred in
their quest to sign a new sporting director before
the World Cup in November and have identified
Leverkusen’s Tim Steidten as a new target.
Chelsea dealt with Steidten during negotiations to
send Callum Hudson-Odoi on loan to Leverkusen.
They now want to hold talks with the German over
the vacant position.
Steidten appeals to Chelsea because, like Freund,
he focuses heavily on data when it comes to
finding players, which is also in line with Boehly’s
vision for the Blues.
The 43-year-old initially joined the Bundesliga side
as their squad planner in 2019.
However, he only became Leverkusen’s sporting
director last summer, and like Salzburg, Die
Werkself will be reluctant to see him leave.
The West Londoners are also planning to approach
Leeds United for permission to speak with Victor
Orta if they decide to appoint a technical director.
Chelsea legend Petr Cech held the role under the
former regime but stepped down following the
Orta has been pivotal in Leed’s resurgence Anderson
developed a reputation as a shrewd recruiter.