Chelsea owner Todd Boehly is ‘closing in on appointing ex-RB Leipzig chief Christopher Vivell as the club’s new technical director’… with the German responsible for signing Erling Haaland at RB Salzburg
- Todd Boehly has been busy reorganising his backroom staff at Stamford Bridge
- Christopher Vivell has operated in an advisory role at Chelsea since October
- The 36-year-old left RB Leipzig back in October citing a difference in opinions
Todd Boehly and Chelsea are reportedly close to formally appointing former RB Leipzig technical director Christopher Vivell at Stamford Bridge.
Vivell – who masterminded the signings of Erling Haaland and Karim Adeyemi at RB Salzburg – will oversee the Blues’ transfer policy going forward, with the club already linked with a new striker in the shape of Molde’s David Datro Fofana.
He had been operating in an advisory role at Stamford Bridge since October, but after securing a work permit he is set for formal appointment to the role, as per Sky Germany reporter Florian Plettenberg.
Former RB Leipzig man Christopher Vivell is set to become Chelsea’s new technical director
Vivell is set to become the latest piece of the puzzle put in place by Chelsea’s new American co-owner, with their backroom staff in a period of transition.
The club’s transfer activity has come under scrutiny, appearing wanton and rash to many due to the amount of money spent in the recent summer window.
Boehly will be pleased to finally find the right man to replace Petr Cech, who left after three years in the role in summer, having already seen moves for Michael Edwards and Christoph Freund fail.
Chelsea owner Todd Boehly (right) has been keen to bring in a new technical director and saw approaches for Michael Edwards and Christoph Freund fail
In their first window of the Boehly-Clearlake era, Chelsea spent £271million on Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Kouliably, Wesley Fofana, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Marc Cucurella, Carney Chukwuemeka, and brought Denis Zakaria in on loan.
As well as this, Boehly was quick to axe Champions League winning coach Thomas Tuchel after a 1-0 defeat by Dinamo Zagreb on the night of his 100th game in charge of the club.
Southampton’s head of senior recruitment Joe Shields was notably brought in as the club’s new co-director of recruitment and talent.
Shields was an instrumental figure in the acquisitions of starlets Gavin Bazunu, Romeo Lavia and Sekou Mara over the summer at St Mary’s.
Vivell’s arrival signals a further step towards stability for Chelsea, but also signposts an intent to sign young talents and allow them to develop at the club, rather than bring in already established super stars as often as they have in recent years.
The 36-year-old left RB Leipzig in October, citing a difference of opinions, having arrived in 2020.
Vivell is a product of the Red Bull system, having joined RB Salzburg in 2015 as the club’s head of scouting, before becoming the 16-time Austrian Champions’ sports coordinator for three years before the switch to Leipzig.
He is not the only figure to be making the switch from east Germany to west London, with Christopher Nkunku already agreeing a deal to join Chelsea in the summer.
Christopher Nkunku is set to join Vivell at Chelsea this summer with a deal already agreed