Chelsea are set to appoint Christopher Vivell as their new technical director, just hours after his sacking by RB Leipzig.
As reported by Standard Sport last month, the Blues had made Vivell their key target to replace Petr Cech, who left over the summer.
Talks continued this week when Vivell is understood to have agreed to take the role. In a surprise move, RB Leipzig on Friday announced that Vivell had been dismissed due to “contrasting views”.
Vivell’s imminent appointment is significant for the Todd Boehly-Clearlake Capital ownership, who also plans on appointing a new sporting director.
Chelsea had hoped to lure both Vivell and Red Bull Salzburg sporting chief Christoph Freund to the club, but the latter has since opted to stay put in Austria.
The moves for Vivell and Freund are part of Chelsea’s desire to kickstart a multi-club project, similar to Manchester City’s global reach.
Clubs in Portugal, France, Belgium and Brazil have all been considered. As reported last month, Bayer Leverkusen’s Tim Steidten is under consideration for the sporting director role which Boehly himself oversaw on an interim basis during the summer transfer window.