Eintracht Frankfurt have vowed not to stand in Fredi Bobic’s way amid claims he is wanted by both Manchester United and West Ham in a director of football role.
Bobic has made clear his wish to leave Frankfurt this summer after five years in the role of sporting director.
The 49-year-old former Bolton striker now looks increasingly likely to leave – leaving four clubs battling for his signature.
As per SportBild, Bobic wants to move on after considering his ‘work done’ at Frankfurt. The Bundesliga side have been trying to convince him to stay on, but are unable to match his salary demands. As such, the report states they won’t put up any obstacles over his departure this summer.
The article states that a move to Hertha Berlin looks most likely for Bobic. He is a confirmed fan of the capital club and also has a good relationship with their new CEO, Carsten Schmidt.
However, with negotiations between the parties dragging on, the door has been opened to both United and West Ham.
Indeed, the article claims the two Premier League clubs very much have Bobic ‘on their list’ for director of football roles. They’re not alone, however, with RB Leipzig also said to be considering a role for the former Germany international in their set-up.
The prospect of United appointing Bobic though is an intriguing one. The Red Devils have been on the hunt for a person to fill the role for the best part of three years.
The likes of Monchi, Giuseppe Marotta and Fabio Paratici have all been mentioned as potential appointments. Last year, Atletico Madrid sporting director Berta was also said to be a contender. However, with no solid option emerging, United were said to have abandoned that plan.
However, with Bobic now emerging as a contender, United chiefs could look to take their interest further by holding talks.
United ignored Rio Ferdinand transfer advice
One man who has made no secret of his desire to take on the role is Rio Ferdinand.
And one player he advised United to sign – only to see his advice ignored – was Everton star Ben Godfrey.
Godfrey has made a brilliant start to life at Everton since signing from Norwich in a £26m deal over the summer. So good has his form been, that Godfrey is being tipped to make the next England squad.
Ferdinand said: “Anyone had a chance to sign him because Norwich were going to let him go.
“Listen, I told you before I’d spoken to various people at different clubs, United being one of them as well.
“They could’ve had Ben when he was about 12 or 15 mil, when he just went to Norwich. He’d been there about half a season or a season.
“But listen, there’s so many players we could look at and say, they were missed at that point and they had to pay more.
“That’s just life, that’s part of it, and there’s different judges. 99 people can judge a player and not like him and one just says, ‘bang, he’s for me’. It’s just that I’ve seen these boys grow so I know what’s under their bonnet. I know what they’re carrying in their toolbox.”