Top story: Manchester United in talks with ex-Juve CEO Marotta

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Top story: Manchester United in talks with ex-Juve CEO Marotta

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English soccer giants Manchester United are holding talks with former Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta, according to a report in the Independent.

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The report states that the Premier League club held talks with Marotta, who only recently announced his departure from the Italian champions.

United’s chief executive Ed Woodward is said to be keen to move towards a continental model, similar to that of arch-rivals Manchester City, which could involve Marotta’s ex-colleague Fabio Paratici – Juventus’ current sporting director – joining the club.

United have been in contact with both men, impressed by their record at the Italian club, which is on a run of seven consecutive league titles.

There are some stumbling blocks in the way of securing the services of the Italian pair. Paratici recently extended his contract at Juventus, while Marotta is thought to be highly in-demand and not fluent in English.

United’s season received a welcome boost last weekend, coming from two goals down to defeat Newcastle United 3-2 late on, ending a four-match winless run.

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