Chelsea confirm appointment of new transfer guru Paul Winstanley

New man: Paul Winstanley  (Getty Images)
New man: Paul Winstanley (Getty Images)

Chelsea have appointed Paul Winstanley as Director of Global Talent and Transfers as the new ownership continues to reshape the club.

Winstanley leaves Brighton, where he served as head of recruitment, after being indentified by Blues co-owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali for their team of recruitment specialists to sign players for the future.

Chelsea rate Winstanley as a multi-talented recruiter, and welcome his experience working with Graham Potter and his staff.

A club statement read: “Winstanley arrives at Stamford Bridge after eight years with Brighton & Hove Albion, initially as talent identification manager and then as head of recruitment. Winstanley played a major role as Brighton built a reputation for finding and developing talent.

“Chelsea FC would like to thank Brighton for enabling him to take up this new opportunity with Chelsea. He will join Chelsea immediately.

Winstanley said: “I’m thrilled to be joining Chelsea and to continue working with Graham Potter and his team. There is a real sense of excitement and momentum around the new ownership and this project. I’m looking forward to working with such an outstanding group of colleagues as the club moves into a new era.”

Chelsea chairman Boehly and co-controlling owner Eghbali said: “Paul is going to be a great addition to Chelsea. He’s highly respected and is a key senior addition as we continue to build a world class sporting team with a huge depth of talent, ambition and commitment who will work closely with us to drive Chelsea forward. Paul shares our philosophy and will fit seamlessly into the organisation.”