Manchester United could suffer a blow to their hopes of landing their dream management team, with Real Madrid said to be after transfer guru Giuseppe Marotta.
United were said to be keen on pairing Marotta alongside Zinedine Zidane, with the Frenchman ultimately taking over from the beleaguered Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.
Marotta recently announced his departure from Italian champions Juventus, with the CEO leaving the Bianconeri this month, and there has been plenty of interest in his services ever since.
However, Corriere dello Sport states that Real are ready to beat United to the former Sampdoria director, as they see him as ‘a concrete name for the management’.
The 61-year-old will leave Juve on October 25 after spending eight years at the club, during which time he oversaw the Italian giants winning 7 consecutive Serie A titles, 4 Coppa Italias, 3 Italian Supercups, while they also reached the Champions League final twice.
The news on Marotta follows on from Tuesday’s reports that Zinedine Zidane is having second thoughts about potentially taking over from Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.