Jim Ratcliffe is planning to raid the sporting director of a fellow Premier League club for a Manchester United role


Freedman, 49, has been a key player in the recent acquisitions of Selhurst Park.

Crystal Palace sporting director Dougie Freedman is on the shortlist for a high-profile role in Manchester United’s Sir Jim Ratcliffe shake-up which is expected to cost the club £1.3billion.

Ratcliffe’s offer for a quarter share in the club will be confirmed during the break. Ineos chairman, John Ineos, is determined that Manchester United’s transfer policy will be changed. United has spent more than £1 billion on new players over the past three years. The results have not improved.

John Murtough, and Darren Fletcher will both be stepping down as technical director and director of football respectively. Ratcliffe has a shortlist of candidates to replace Murtough and Fletcher. Paul Mitchell, an ex-St. Mary’s player, is on the list. Tottenham and Monaco players, as well as former Liverpool duo Michael Edwards & Julian Ward.

Dougie Freedman, the ex-Nottingham Forest manager, has been in charge at Selhurst Park of recruitment since 2017. According to a recent report in The Daily StarRatcliffe and David Brailsford are impressed with his work regarding the transfer market.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe prepares swoop from fellow Premier League club Crystal Palace for Manchester United sporting directorSir Jim Ratcliffe prepares swoop from fellow Premier League club Crystal Palace for Manchester United sporting director

Brailsford, along with Ratcliffe, will have an important impact on future decisions. He is a great admirer. Freedman has established himself at 49 years old. He has made a number of shrewd acquisitions at Selhurst Park over the past few years.

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Marc Guehi, Eberechi Eze and Michael Olise moved to the capital for modest amounts. They have played a crucial role in the Eagles’ rise to prominence under Freedman.

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Guehi, who joined Chelsea from the academy two years ago, was valued at £18m but has since gone on to win full international honours in the past year. Eze, who signed for £17m from QPR, has followed a similar pattern and was a target for United before signing a long-term deal earlier this week.

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