Previously, we talked about how United were looking to change their way of doing transfer business. They were looking to appoint a sporting director, who would work closely with and between Ed Woodward and Jose Mourinho. It looks like United have a better chance if they are willing to rope in Roma’s Monchi as their man.
Monchi is also on the radar for Barcelona, who are also looking to add a new face to their club. The Spaniard, having earned a name working with Sevilla in Spain, moved to Roma a year ago. But a move for him is highly unlikely as he has a good working relationship with AS Roma President James Pallotta. According to Gazzetta della sport though, things are changing quickly as Roma are in trouble with their recent transfer strategies and the way they started the season.
In the three Serie A games Roma have played so far, they have won, drawn and lost one each. Their loss came against Milan, and a last minute goal stole 1 point from them against Atlanta. The fans are also not happy with the way the club are dealing with their players and their dealings have been a disaster during Monchi’s period. They sold Mohamed Salah and Brazilian shot stopper Alisson to Liverpool. Salah is making a huge difference at Liverpool, and now Alisson has joined the party. The recent sale of Strootman also didn’t go well with the fans. Malcolm’s transfer also put Roma’s image under threat. All of this has lead to instability in Roma’s hierarchy and this could trigger Monchi to take new steps leading to him leaving the club for other European giants such as United and Barcelona.
Manchester United and Ed Woodward both look desperate to appoint a sporting director. Jose Mourinho would love to have a new man with a better perspective than Woodward come in and handle the transfer activity. This would allow United, who are also looking to tie down Anthony Martial with a new long term contract, to look into long-term solutions.
If Manchester United need to do a better job at building a team to beat rivals to the title and having a great European success, they need a new sporting director.