Manchester United are set to appoint Javier Ribalta in a leading position involving player recruitment after he left his role as the head of scouting at Juventus.
Ribalta, who has previously worked at Liverpool during Rafa Benitez’s reign, led Juve’s scouting network for five years and has been credited as one of the key figures behind their deals for Paul Pogba, Paulo Dybala, Alex Sandro and Dani Alves.
The 36-year-old was also responsible for the signing of Alvaro Morata, one of Manchester United’s key targets this summer, and personally helped the Spain striker settle in Italy before he was sold back to Real Madrid for a profit last year.
According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Ribalta will have a ‘significant role’ in United’s transfer business and will oversee which players are targeted alongside Jose Mourinho and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.
Ribalta will join Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Pablo Longoria, who worked in Ribalta’s scouting department at Juventus, told Migrantes del Balon: ‘He has understood the Italian philosophy and adapts to the types of players required at each club.’
A statement released by Juventus on Friday read: ‘Juventus Football Club announces that, after five years of successful cooperation, the Scouting Manager Javier Ribalta will leave the club to pursue a new professional adventure.
‘In thanking him for the professionalism demonstrated in recent years, Juventus Football Club wishes Javier every success in the continuation of his career.’