RB Leipzig are preparing to offer a new contract to sporting director Paul Mitchell after learning that Manchester United are readying an approach for the 37-year-old.

United are preparing for a revamp of the club’s footballing structure this summer, which will see them hire their first ever director of football to provide a long-term strategy in the transfer market and work in tandem with a new manager.

According to ​The S​un, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is looking at a number of candidates but has identified Leipzig’s Mitchell as his favourite to take the job.


Mitchell moved to the Red Bull Arena a year ago. He has 18 months left on his contract but the German side are determined not to let him leave and will offer him a lucrative new deal to fend off ​United‘s interest.

Prior to joining the Bundesliga outfit, Mitchell had worked as head of recruitment at ​Tottenham alongside Mauricio Pochettino, the man many people expect to become United’s permanent manager next summer.

Mitchell also worked with Pochettino at ​Southampton and helped to bring in players like Toby Alderweireld, Sadio Mane, Nathaniel Clyne and Dejan Lovren, three of whom fetched large profits when they were sold on to ​Liverpool.

Mauricio Pochettino

Former Southampton executive chairman Nicola Cortese later alerted Woodward to Mitchell’s excellent work, but previous United manager Jose Mourinho refused to work with a director of football.

With United now in a period of transition under interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, they are proceeding full steam ahead with their restructuring plans ahead of a permanent managerial appointment at the end of the season.


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