Manchester United have reportedly begun an attempt to bring Stephen Ajewole, an emerging member of Manchester City’s recruitment team, to Old Trafford.
The Red Devils have made a number of key moves in their recruitment department in recent weeks. John Murtough becoming the club’s new football director could prove the biggest such change. Furthermore, ex-United midfielder Darren Fletcher has stepped into a technical director’s position.
However, according to the Daily Mail, United will not stop there.
Indeed, the newspaper claims that they want to poach recruitment specialist Ajewole from arch-rivals City.
Ajewole currently works as a junior scout at the Etihad Stadium, as part of a successful wider club network.
Nevertheless, the newspaper notes that he plays a key role in ‘one of the best youth recruitment departments’ in Europe.
Should he move to Old Trafford, though, United have headhunted him to become their lead scout for the Under-15s to Under-18s age group.
The Red Devils’ head of youth recruitment, David Harrison, reportedly led the move.
However, the Daily Mail points to a big worry that City have, should the move go through.
Man City have Ajewole worry
City have reportedly spent ‘huge amounts’ in their scouting network recently to increase and maintain its reputation.
As such, the collaboration of several top colleagues has led to the building up of a wide range of ‘invaluable scouting information’.
Therefore, should one of the staff leave, City worry that the information – which has so far remained confidential – could be compromised.
Further down the line, though, that could help other clubs use that knowledge to their benefit – and to City’s disgruntlement.
City have a wide range of top talent in their academy, including striker Liam Delap, who joined from Derby in 2019.
The 18-year-old made his Premier League debut earlier this season and fresh reports from the Daily Star have claimed that Real Madrid are keen on the teenager.
Man Utd changes reportedly cause rift
Meanwhile, amid United’s changes in their recruitment department, Nicky Butt left the club.
The Old Trafford side announced that the 46-year-old was looking for a ‘new challenge’.
However, reports have claimed that he had a fractured relationship with new chief Murtough.