Manchester United will resume their search for a director of football with Ed Woodward reportedly keen to appoint either Atletico Madrid’s Andrea Berta or Fabio Paratici of Juventus.
Woodward has considered hiring someone to oversee football operations before but gave up, only for him to decide to now restart the hunt in the coming months.
According to The Telegraph, Berta is among those highly-regarded in the role who could be tempted to move to Old Trafford.
Other targets include Paratici and Antero Henrique, who is currently without a job after leaving Paris Saint-Germain a year ago.
United have also previously been linked to Red Bull’s footballing guru Ralf Rangnick.
It is claimed the position would be ‘wide-ranging’ and involve working in areas such as recruitment, the club’s training ground and the development of women’s football.
Although Woodward has decided the club would benefit from a director of football he is no rush to hire and has not whittle down a list of candidates.
It is claimed the executive vice-chairman is focused on completing this season and handling the financial problems brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.
The director of football will not be tasked with altering the culture of the club, like Monchi has done at Sevilla for example, but to assist manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the existing management structure.
United’s recruitment was abysmal in the year since Sir Alex Ferguson left but Solskjaer has done well in the transfer market in recent windows, bringing in the likes of Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Bruno Fernandes.
The director of football would ‘work with the current set-up of Solskjaer, his coaches, scouts, data analysts and Matt Judge’, the club’s chief negotiator.
Their first big challenge could be to help the club secure the services of England and Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho.
United are known to be keen on bringing him back to the Premier League but their financial power has been reduced by the coronavirus crisis.
Dortmund are willing to let him go for the right figure but Solskjaer knows there are other areas of his squad that need strengthening.
It would be unwise to spend too much on Sancho only for the club to then be unable to improve other areas, such as central defence.
United’s recruitment plans will also be dependent on whether or not the club qualify for the Champions League on Sunday.
The Red Devils travel to Leicester on the final day of the Premier League season just one point above the Foxes in the table.