OFFICAL: Sir Jim Ratcliffe's ownership has obtained Premier League approval

In order to help with recruiting during the summer transfer window, Manchester United plans to bring on Christopher Vivell, a former technical director of Chelsea, on a temporary basis. After receiving approval for a work visa, Vivell, who established his reputation in the Red Bull group, is anticipated to join United as technical director at Leipzig after serving as head of scouting at Salzburg.

New part-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe is making another change as part of the British billionaire’s ongoing plan to completely revamp the team off the field as well. The Athletic believes Vivell will provide his knowledge of player recruitment and talent identification.

Florian Plettenberg reports that he is expected to stay at Old Trafford until the end of the January transfer window of the following year. As of right now, the Red Devils are awaiting his work permit.

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Vivell served as Chelsea’s technical director for seven months, from December 2022 to July 2023, but he was forced to leave Stamford Bridge when Todd Boehly’s ownership group implemented additional changes to the team’s structure.

He might fit into a developing structure at Old Trafford, where technical director Jason Wilcox is already in place, sporting director Dan Ashworth is about to arrive, and chief executive Omar Berrada will start work soon.

Ratcliffe has acknowledged in the past that his squad would prefer to identify the “next Kylian Mbappe” than shell out a lot of money for well-known players. Therefore, Vivell’s knowledge of talent ID may come in handy for United this summer.

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