Everton director of football Marcel Brands would find a similar role at Manchester United ‘hard to refuse’, according to a report.
United have faced mounting criticism for their transfer strategy, including in the recent transfer window. The Red Devils brought in Edinson Cavani on deadline day, despite him being a free agent since July.
Indeed, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and chief negotiator Matt Judge are responsible for United’s transfer dealings. But several reports have outlined that the Old Trafford club want a restructuring.
Chief among the new roles would be a sporting director, or director of football appointment. There are supposedly a number of candidates on United’s list, including Lille’s Luis Campos.
However, The Sun on Sunday claims that Dutchman Brands is a ‘leading candidate’ for the role at Old Trafford.
The newspaper adds that close confidants believe that the 58-year-old would find a formal offer from Everton’s Premier League rivals ‘hard to refuse’.
However, Roma are also keen on appointing him after the Serie A side secured new owners in August.
Either way, Brands’ deal at Goodison Park runs out at the end of the season. As such, his future remains unclear.
Brands made his name in the Netherlands with spells at RKC Waalwijk, AZ Alkmaar and PSV Eindhoven. However, he has had a brilliant impact at Everton since his 2018 move.
Indeed, in the recent transfer window, he helped bring James Rodriguez, Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure to the club. All three signings have proved fantastic additions to Carlo Ancelotti’s side.
United looking to cut out mistakes
United, meanwhile, are reportedly looking to streamline their transfer policy with a director of football.
The Red Devils have faced flak for their approach since Sir Alex Ferguson and David Gill left in 2013. Just a year later, Angel di Maria signed for big money but flopped.
What’s more, Memphis Depay’s move to Old Trafford was not a success, with both players going on to star for Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon respectively.
The Sun on Sunday notes that United want to cut out such mistakes going forward.