Man Utd takeover news: Sir Jim Ratcliffe eyes ex-Liverpool coach as Ineos chief departs

The action might have briefly subsided on the field for Erik ten Hag and his Manchester United players but there is still an air of anticipation around Old Trafford.

With a host of Red Devils currently on international duty, the manager will be desperate his stars return fully fit amid a mounting injury list. And their next Premier League fixture at Everton on November 26 could be an emotionally charged one, after the Toffees were deducted 10 points by the Premier League on Friday.

In the meantime, Sir Jim Ratcliffe is closing in on a deal that will see him own a 25 per cent stake in the club. A proposal has long been agreed for the INEOS chief to become a minority stakeholder, and he seemingly is already putting transfer plans in place.

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Ratcliffe targets ex-Liverpool coach

Atalanta’s head of senior recruitment, Lee Congerton, is one of the figures being considered by Sir Jim Ratcliffe for a sporting director role at Manchester United.

According to The Telegraph, Congerton has now emerged as a lead contender. The 50-year-old, who previously had coaching spells as a coach with Chelsea and Liverpool, has been in charge of senior recruitment at Atalanta since moving to Italy.

Ironically, he was influential in bringing Rasmus Hojlund to the Serie A outfit from Austria before he was sold to United in the summer transfer window. Indeed, Congerton did his best to scupper the deal as he believed the club should hold out for €100million (£87.5milllion) for the Denmark international’s services – below the £72m Atalanta eventually banked.

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