Manchester United plotting raid on Chelsea to bring in chief analyst Kyle Macaulay alongside Dan Ashworth
Posted by  badge Boss on Feb 20
United want Dan Ashworth as their new director of football (Picture: Getty)

will target analyst Kyle Macaulay as part of the rebuild of the club’s recruitment department.

and have set about making major appointments off the pitch with with Jean-Claude Blanc and Sir David Brailsford given positions on the board.

Recruitment has been an area United have been particularly woeful in since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure over a decade ago.

with the 52-year-old eager to leave his post at Newcastle United should the two clubs come to an agreement.

Further additions are expected with Jason Wilcox, currently the director of football at Southampton, in talks to join United as their new technical director.

report United are ready to raid another of their rivals in Chelsea for their chief analyst Kyle Macaulay, who has previously worked alongside Ashworth.

The Scot worked alongside Graham Potter at Ostersunds, Swansea City and Brighton before following him to Stamford Bridge in 2022.

Macaulay (far left) has worked alongside Graham Potter (Picture: Getty)

Ashworth views him as a ‘key appointment’ and wants Macaulay to join him in Manchester.

United still have some work to do to finalise Ashworth’s appointment, however.

Ashworth has agreed a deal to move to Manchester having informed Newcastle of his decision to leave over the weekend with the Magpies immediately placing him on gardening leave.

United must agree a compensation fee with Newcastle given Ashworth’s notice period is believed to be almost two years. Ashworth would therefore not be able to begin working for United until 2026 unless a compromise is met.

Reports suggest Newcastle are demanding £20m in order to release their man early –

United are adamant they will not be held to ransom and are prepared to wait.