The modern form of football entails that apt personnel exist in all facets of the team, across the roster. This means that apart from the players, the professionals that train them, aid them in recovery and manage them all play vital roles in ensuring success is met.
To a great extent, the same can be said of the backroom staff as well, particularly with regard to sporting directors and the voices involved in completing transfers.
As of such, signing such names is also quite prominent to a club’s intent going forward, and Manchester United may have the opportunity to make one such acquisition.
As per Gazzetta Dello Sport, Manchester United and Barcelona may be locked in a battle to sign Roma’s sporting director Monchi. The Spaniard, who was a goalkeeper for Sevilla, is said to be in the midst of ‘market whispers’ and that the two giants ‘cannot wait’ for the chance to sign him.
The Red Devils, in particular, will be eager for such an arrival, especially after what has been strongly viewed as Ed Woodward’s failure to adhere to Jose Mourinho’s transfer requests this summer.
In fact, such was the fans’ disapproval of the once hallowed executive, that during their 2-0 win against Burnley, fans hired a plane to fly with a banner reading ‘Ed Woodward – A Specialist in failure’.
Monchi, who gained much acclaim for his shrewd and often cunning pieces of business at Sevilla, joined Roma in 2017 with much hope pinned on him. However, he too, seems to be on the receiving end of much backlash after the club faithful saw an arguably confounding window.
The summer saw the Italian giants lose club favorites such as Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson, and the likes of Nainggolan and Strootman.
Coupled with the transfer fiasco that was the loss of Malcom to Barcelona despite an official announcement, the fact that they signed 11 players this summer doesn’t bode well in view of their performances so far.
Does a departure await the Spaniard?