Manchester United are one of the few top European sides who operate without having an official sporting director/director of football at the club.

Reports from England and across the continent keep pop up once in a while, suggesting the Red Devils are planning to appoint the Old Trafford club’s first sporting director.

These reports emerged during the José Mourinho era and they continue to be discussed even during Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign.

Luís Campos and Ralf Rangnick have been linked to the Premier League side, along with Juventus chief Fabio Paratici.

Paratici operated as the Turin club’s sporting director for seven years between 2011 and 2018 before being promoted as the club’s chief football officer in November 2018. He is currently Juve’s managing director of football and has held that position since last October.

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Tuttosport on Saturday have an interview with Italian agent and intermediary, Vincenzo Morabito, in which he revealed Paratici is appreciated by United and Real Madrid.

“Fabio is one of the best European directors. It is no coincidence he is highly esteemed by Manchester United and has a privileged relationship with Fiorentino Perez, who has tried several times to bring him to Real Madrid,” Morabito said.

“Yes, Paratici will remain at Juventus. With Federico Cherubini [Juve sporting director], he found a point of balance. They complement each other.”