Chelsea are progressing with their search for a new sporting director with Red Bull Salzburg’s Christoph Freund among the leading contenders, 90min understands.

Blues co-owner Todd Boehly is leading the search for a sporting director, a role which he currently holds on an interim basis.

Boehly and the club’s new hierarchy know the path they want to take and that meant a changing of manager with Graham Potter replacing Thomas Tuchel, but a big part of that is also recruitment.

90min understands Boehly wants the club’s new sporting director to be their footballing lead - including on transfers - but he will only head up a team that will include Potter and his recruitment analyst Kyle Macaulay. Chelsea have not ruled out adding a number of different options to their recruiting staff aside from just a sporting director.