Chelsea have had “talks” with RB Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff, according to The Athletic‘s David Ornstein.
The trusted journalist claims that the Blues were keen to hold discussions with the 47-year-old as he has experience of working in an organisation that owns multiple different teams.
Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly is said to be interested in implementing a similar model so Mintzlaff would have been an excellent fit for their plans.
A “meeting” was reportedly held between the two parties but, with there being negotiations over multiple transfers between Chelsea and Leipzig in the summer, the subject of Mintzlaff moving to Stamford Bridge was put on hold.
It was believed that talks would begin again after the transfer window closed but Mintzlaff has now decided to remain in Germany. The Blues are, though, still likely to hire someone else from the Red Bull Group, with Salzburg’s Christoph Freund expected to be appointed Sporting Director.