Scouting chief Javier Ribalta has left the Turin club to join Manchester United – in a move that will further the Red Devils’ pursuit of Alvaro Morata.
Ribalta has worked for five years with the Italian champions, playing a key role in their off-field recruitment as they have risen to the top of the Italian game with six successive Serie A titles.
Ribalta, who previously spent time with Milan and Novara, was responsible – in conjunction with sporting director Fabio Paratici – for a number of the club’s most intelligent recent transfer successes, including the free transfer signings of Sami Khedira, Fernando Llorente, Kingsley Coman, Dani Alves and Paul Pogba.
“It has been a wonderful few years here. My thanks go to all involved with the club, particularly Giuseppe Marotta and Fabio Paratici for the faith they have shown in me since day one,” said Ribalta.
“I will look back on my time at Juventus with great pleasure.”
Ribalta is now heading to Old Trafford to fulfil a similar role, working in cohesion with both United boss Jose Mourinho and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward. The Spaniard will liaise with the club’s scouts across the globe, as chief co-ordinator.
And his first port of call will be the club’s ongoing pursuit of Morata, the Real Madrid striker who has emerged as the club’s No.1 transfer target in recent weeks.
By: Alex Richards