Since Alexandre Mattos revealed he’d be taking a position at Reading, there have been several stories about the club in the Brazilian media.
The local press has been trying to present the Royals to Brazilian readers, since the Championship side have basically signed the most famous football director of the country.
But now there’s finally some interesting information about Mattos’ arrival at the club. It comes from Yahoo journalist Marcus Alves, who says it’s Kia Joorabchian who’s behind the move.
It’s claimed that the Iranian agent has a ‘big influence’ at Reading, as he’s considered to be the ‘right hand’ of CEO Nigel Howe. That’s all because he’s very close to club owners Dai Yongge and Dai Xiu Li.
The report mentions a few deals Joorabchian has involved in. He’s offered Reading the signing of manager Luís Castro, and even though it didn’t succeed, he was responsible for the move of José Gomes.
He’s also said to be the agent of players like Pedro Neves and Rafael Cabral, who both joined the Royals last year.
Yahoo claims that three different sources confirmed Joorabchian is involved in Mattos’ arrival. The director will be moving to London, and will be in charge of managing Reading’s partnership with KSV Roeselare and Beijing Renhe, choosing the players who could move to the Championship side.