The rumour started doing the rounds this week.
As reported by The Mirror, Manchester United were keen on appointing Edwin van der Sar as a director of football at Old Trafford.
The former United stopper currently works in that capacity at Ajax.
And in the latest edition of The Transfer Window podcast, reporters Duncan Castles and Ian McGarry have confirmed that Van der Sar has already spoken to Ed Woodward.
McGarry claims that there has been ‘positive’ developments in the club’s pursuit to secure Van der Sar.
He supposedly earns €250,000-per-season at Ajax but United are willing to offer him “nearer to €1.5m. Castles, who is known for his stories on José Mourinho, labelled United’s offer as “sizeable and substantial”.
However, the length of the contract offered to Van der Sar is unknown.
It was noted on the podcast that Van der Sar has some “reservations” about taking the job at Old Trafford, with the Dutchman sceptical about the current setup. “There are supposedly five heads of recruitment operating, and also (he) has doubts about his exact remit and authority.”
Worryingly, Castles states that Woodward is still reluctant to offer any potential director of football assurance that he’s willing to give up power on signing players.
So we can expect more bullsh*t in the transfer window and sheer incompetence whether United appoint a director of football or not, and who in the right mind would want to work with their hands tied behind their back — in the same room as Dick’Ed?
That said, Castles believes Van der Sar is ready to take the United job.
Back in April, Van der Sar said the following in an interview with the Sunday Times:
“You need to cherish that and Ole [Gunner Solskjaer] is doing a great job at it. But Alsop Ed. I have the utmost respect for him, what he does for the club.
“So I don’t need to be the big man. I want to feel I contribute, and you can only do it for something you believe in.
“United is a special place. Who knows, eventually? But for the coming years I’m here.”
Listen to The Transfer Window podcast below.