Chelsea and Liverpool are among the Premier League clubs that are reportedly eyeing a move for Real Madrid chief scout Juni Calafat.
According to a report by Daily Telegraph, Chelsea and Liverpool are among the Premier League clubs that are looking to poach Real Madrid for a key backroom staff member. Head scout Juni Calafat is on the radars of the English giants, who are eager to add him to their own staff.
Juni Calafat has been a key part of the backroom staff at Real Madrid in a period that has seen a seismic shift in the outlook on potential signings. Los Blancos have been giving a higher preference to recruiting young and highly talented players that would serve them for years to come.
Calafat, who joined the club in 2014, has helped zero in on the best of the best, when it comes to promising youngsters, with the latest such deal seeing Real Madrid sign Reinier Jesus. With the likes of Federico Valverde, Rodrygo Goes, Vinicius Jr. and others enjoying a successful time at Real Madrid, Calafat’s stock has risen, with Chelsea and Liverpool among those interested.
Chelsea have been renowned to have a youth setup brimming with some of the most promising players over the years. In fact, the club’s youth teams have been extremely successful in age level competitions over the last decade or so. However, most of these youngsters have not managed to make the step up to senior football at Stamford Bridge for one reason or another.
At Real Madrid, this has been one major difference in the youngsters they have signed, which explains why Chelsea would be keen on bringing Calafat on board. Liverpool, on the other hand, have barely seen any prospects get near the first-team setup.
The same has only taken a turn for the better of late, following the recent success of Curtis Jones. The acquisition of Harvey Elliott has the potential to match up to Real Madrid’s recruitment of Valverde, Rodrygo and several others, but big steps still need to be taken for Liverpool to match up to the standards set by Los Blancos.
Calafat, therefore, appears to be high on the wishlist for both Chelsea and Liverpool, who could benefit immensely by swooping him away from Real Madrid. The two English giants, though, face competition from Premier League rivals Everton, who themselves are in desperate need to revolutionise their recruitment process after failing with several big money moves in recent years.
What now remains to be seen is if Chelsea, Liverpool or any other suitors can succeed in their pursuit of Calafat. With Real Madrid benefitting from the Brazilian’s presence at the club, it will be interesting to see if he is allowed to leave.