Manchester United are rumoured to be in talks with former Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Antero Henrique, with suggestions that negotiations regarding the Portuguese official joining the Old Trafford club are already at an advanced stage.
United have flirted with the concept of a sporting director or director of football for some time, but latterly the idea was thought to have been shelved. That is why the sudden claims about possible talks with Henrique come as something of a surprise.
French outlet Foot Mercato initially reported advanced negotiations were taking place. The usually more reliable L’Equipe has now backed up those claims by saying it has now been confirmed to them.
Henrique, who has also formerly worked at Porto in a similar capacity, was at PSG as the club signed both Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in the summer of 2017 when he was brand new in the job. But there were claims from several sources as early as last January that he was facing the sack over the PSG’s failure to secure the signing of Dutch starlet Frenkie de Jong.
Despite being close to joining PSG, De Jong chose Barcelona instead, while it was also rumoured that Henrique was under pressure over a failure to land Lucas Paqueta, who joined AC Milan, and an inability to convince Adrien Rabiot to sign a new contract – the Frenchman is now at Juventus.