Manchester United ‘puts Everton’s Marcel Brands in line to become their first football director after struggles in the transfer market with Dutchman’s contract at Goodison Park next year
- Marcelo Brands has been revamping Everton’s hiring for the past two years
- The Dutchman won praise for summer arrivals, including James Rodriguez
- His contract with the Goodison Park club expires next summer
- Reports suggest that Man United could make him their first football director
- The Italian club Roma is also interested in recruiting highly regarded brands
Marcel Brands ‘is a leading candidate to become Manchester United’s first football director’.
The Dutchman, 58, is currently in the same role at Everton and has been praised for recruiting James Rodriguez, Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure last summer.
His contract with the Goodison Park club expires at the end of the season, with Italian club Roma also interested in his services.
Marcel Brands ‘is a leading candidate’ to become Manchester United’s first football director
Brands has teamed up with Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti to reinvigorate the club’s recruitment
According to The SunBrands is now being linked with a newly created football director at United and would have a hard time refusing an offer.
Brands, who enjoyed a long career in Dutch leagues, was director of football at RKC Waalwijk, AZ Alkmaar and PSV Eindhoven before joining Everton in 2018.
He has since revamped the club’s recruitment policy after some questionable moves in the transfer market.
United have been contemplating creating a director of football for a while following their own recruiting problems under Executive Vice Chairman Ed Woodward.
James Rodriguez (right), who played against United here, was a popular recruit for Everton
United’s transfer business is overseen by Executive Vice Chairman Ed Woodward, but it has been spoken that the club will be creating a director of football for some time now.
They have been criticized this year for failing to land key targets Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho, both from Borussia Dortmund, and then sign aging striker Edinson Cavani by the deadline.
This was due to a number of costly failures in the marketplace under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s three predecessors as manager since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.
Angel Di Maria, Alexis Sanchez and Morgan Schneiderlin are just three of the players who have signed at great expense to flop at Old Trafford.