👹 Top Spanish transfer guru confused by Man United's function without a Sporting Director
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👹 Top Spanish transfer guru confused by Man United's function without a Sporting Director

Manchester United have a vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, providing the services on player transfers, a role most other top clubs have an exclusive specialist for.

The English giants are sweating over the rumoured deals to complete the signatures for the likes of Edinson Cavani, Ousmane Dembele, Alex Telles and Luka Jovic, while Jadon Sancho’s Borussia Dortmund play endless hardball for the English star’s transfer to Old Trafford.

Monchi, a Spanish and Sporting Director at the fast-growing La Liga side, Sevilla, believes United are struggling in the transfer market without an expert with his skills.

"This is my opinion - all clubs should have this position," he told The Telegraph.

"What is the main function? To dedicate the time to everything that relates on a sports level. Where 60-70 per cent of the budget is allocated to the first team, if you don’t have a specialist who deals with that, it is very difficult to understand.

United have been long linked with several Sporting Directors like Erik Stoffelshaus, Paul Mitchell and Monchi himself but business has yet to materialize.

"I do understand there are very successful clubs – Manchester United are probably one of the top five in the world, but they do not have that specific position – but I think that clubs more and more are aware that they really need this position and also we are the connection between the technical staff, the squad, the board, we know the ­market, we get lots of information through the different scouts,” he added.

"So, for me, I can’t believe a club does not have this particular position. Logically, I have to believe in it because that’s what I do. But I do think it’s essential.

"There are clubs like Leeds, Liverpool and [Manchester] City, amongst ­others, that are working with quite a well-developed sporting management structure.

"It is difficult for us to compete with English football, but we do so by making our brand name known, which is undoubtedly associated with success.

"Maybe we can’t pay that much, but we can offer a very exclusive sporting challenge, I would say almost unique. There are the numbers... 20 finals in this century, 10 titles, kings of the Europa League, we are specialists in doing more with less,” Monchi concluded.

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