Paul Mitchell to Manchester United gets one step nearer

Manchester United’s hopes of bringing in Paul Mitchell as head of recruitment may be encouraged by a report claiming Monaco are preparing to let him leave.

L’Equipe report Monaco owner Dimitri Rybolovlev is planning an overhaul, involving the removal of vice-president Oleg Petrov, sports director Paul Mitchell and coach Philippe Clément. Despite a win over PSG at the weekend, Monaco are just seventh in Ligue 1.

French outlet Jeunes Footeaux say Monaco have denied the reports, but this is to be expected. Any changes would come at the end of the season.

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Possible game changer at Old Trafford

Mitchell was pictured at Old Trafford three weeks ago for a FA Youth Cup game. The MEN claimed he was just in Manchester for family reasons.

We gave a thorough run-through previously of Mitchell’s history being linked Manchester United, his qualities and recruitment record, and his up and down past with Mauricio Pochettino.

The key link here is not Pochettino, but Ralf Rangnick, who hired Mitchell at RB Leipzig. He was pictured alongside the manager at the Youth Cup match. Mitchell would come in to form a part of United’s behind the scenes structure, taking a lead in recruitment working under John Murtough, with Rangnick in the mix too as consultant.

Mitchell is notably a big fan of Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni, and said he ‘would want his services’ if he were directing a top club.

The Monaco reports from L’Equipe play right into Manchester United’s hands. If Mitchell was not already considering his future, he will be now.

Whoever ends up as United’s next manager, Erik Ten Hag or Mauricio Pochettino, they would be stronger for having Mitchell in support, leading recruitment, to work with. Even in this quiet international break, it is clear a busy summer awaits at Old Trafford.

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