Manchester United go head-to-head with Barcelona over new director of football

Monchi is wanted by Barcelona & United (Picture: NurPhoto via Getty)

Manchester United are closely monitoring Monchi’s situation at Roma as they prepare to go head-to-head with Barcelona to hire him as their first director of football.

The Premier League giants have begun the recruitment process for the new job after a disappointing transfer window, which saw tensions grow between Jose Mourinho and the board.

Exectuvie vice-chairman Ed Woodward has overseen transfers in recent seasons but Mourinho was furious that he only delivered midfielder Fred, inexperienced full-back Diogo Dalot and backup goalkeeper Lee Grand.

Mourinho was desperate to sign a new centre-back and is expecting a difficult season after their failings in the transfer market.

Mourinho was furious with the summer recruitment (Picture: Fantasista/Getty)

Woodward has since decided to appoint a director of football and former Sevilla goalkeeper Monchi, 49, is at the front of the queue.

Roma fans have grown frustrated over the sales of Kevin Strootman to Marseille and Alisson to Liverpool and it’s thought that his time as sporting director is coming to an end.

And United are determined to bring him to Old Trafford as their new director of football, according to La Gazetta dello Sport.

They are not alone in their pursuit of the Spaniard, however, with Barcelona also pushing to lure him to the Camp Nou.

United have been looking far and wide for the right man to take the club forward, with legendary goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar another who has been considered.

But Monchi remains the favourite for the position.

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