Manchester United are looking to appoint their first-ever director of football, with Atletico Madrid chief Andrea Berta a potential candidate.

The Daily Mail have reported that Ed Woodward wants to make some significant changes at the club, and this move could massively help with transfers – an area United have seemingly struggled with in recent times.

Berta played a big part in bringing French talisman Antoine Griezmann to the Spanish capital, as well as Slovenian shot-stopper Jan Oblak. The Italian has been part of Atletico’s recruitment team since 2013 but was only appointed as sporting director last year.

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This isn’t the first time that Berta has been linked with a top job at Old Trafford, as in 2016, he was touted to join up with a newly-appointed Jose Mourinho, when Louis van Gaal left his managerial role.

Ed Woodward opted against the move, as he wanted to remain heavily involved in transfers, but it is now apparent that he is looking at alternative options after transfer failings in the last window, most noticeably missing out on Harry Maguire from Leicester City.

Juventus’ Fabio Paratici is also being considered for the role, after luring the likes of Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala, Paul Pogba and more recently Cristiano Ronaldo to Turin.