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REPORT: SPORTING DIRECTOR WHO ONCE SIGNED SADIO MANE HOLDS LIVERPOOL TALKS IN POTENTIAL U-TURN

Liverpool have held talks with Paul Mitchell over a summer move to become the new sporting director at Anfield.

 

That’s according to Get French Football News, who claim that Mitchell has spoken to Liverpool.

 

Mitchell is ready to leave Monaco at the end of the summer transfer window even with the Ligue 1 club attempting to keep him.

 

Michael Edwards left the club last summer and was replaced by his understudy Julian Ward.

 

Yet with Ward also leaving Liverpool this summer – and potentially heading to Ajax – the Reds must find a replacement.

 

German directors like Markus Krosche and Sven Mislintat have been linked but Liverpool could instead go for Mitchell.

 

WHO IS LIVERPOOL TARGET PAUL MITCHELL?

Mitchell hails from Stalybridge in Greater Manchester, so a return to the North West could appeal.

 

A utility man in his playing days, Mitchell turned out for Wigan Athletic, Halifax Town, Swindon Town, Milton Keynes Dons, Wrexham and Barnet before quitting in 2009.

 

Injury forced Mitchell to retire at just 27 but he has become a prominent name in recruitment circles.

Mitchell became head of recruitment at MK Dons in 2010 before joining up with Southampton two years later.

 

Mitchell played a role in signings like Nathaniel Clyne, Dejan Lovren, Victor Wanyama, Toby Alderweireld and Sadio Mane before following Mauricio Pochettino to Tottenham in November 2014.

 

Alderweireld, Dele Alli and Son Heung-min were all top signings for Mitchell at Tottenham but he made an exit in 2018.

 

Mitchell moved on to RB Leipzig and then to Monaco in 2020, continuing a somewhat nomadic career in recruitment.

 

This summer will likely see Mitchell move on again and a move to Liverpool could be something of a U-turn.

 

The Athletic claimed in February that Mitchell had been ‘strongly’ considered for the Liverpool role but a deal wasn’t expected.

 

Maybe Liverpool now have more encouragement, with Mitchell emerging as a candidate for a move to Anfield.

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