Chelsea to battle Man United for Brighton recruitment chief

Chelsea will battle it out with Manchester United to sign Brighton’s head of recruitment, Sam Jewell.

The west Londoners will return to Brighton for a second time in 16 months after taking the previous occupant of the role, Paul Winstanley, to Stamford Bridge in 2022.

Jewell was appointed as Winstanley’s replacement and has continued the fine work at Brighton, who have established one of the most respected recruitment models in Europe.


Moises Caicedo, who signed for Chelsea in a £115m British transfer record deal, Marc Cucurella and Alexis Mac Allister are among the Seagulls’ success stories, with each signed for minimal fees before being sold on for huge profits.

Chelsea’s interest in Jewell comes amid reports that Manchester United could approach the 34-year-old, as the Red Devils restructure their hierarchy. The club’s new minority owners, INEOS, have already agreed a deal to bring Omar Berrada in from Manchester City as chief executive officer.

Manchester United are also working on a deal to appoint Newcastle’s Dan Ashworth as sporting director, with the 52-year-old formerly of Brighton and reportedly keen to bring Jewell with him to Old Trafford.


According to The Telegraph, Chelsea will offer Jewell a role as part of the club’s global scouting, working with both the west Londoners and French side Strasbourg, who are also owned by the Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali fronted consortium.

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