'Man Utd want Atletico's transfer miracle-maker'
Jose Mourinho has long been linked with a move for Andrea Berta, who helped turn Atleti into La Liga winners and two-time Champions League finalists
Manchester United are interested in bringing Atletico Madrid transfer guru Andrea Berta to Old Trafford, according to agent Dario Canovi.
Jose Mourinho has long been linked with interest in Berta, even before the former succeeded Louis van Gaal in Salford, and reportedly enjoys a strong relationship with the Portuguese’s super-agent Jorges Mendes.
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Berta is credited with playing a key role in turning Atletico into La Liga winners and two-time Champions League finalists with his moves in the transfer market, and the latest link comes months after Mourinho hired former Aletico scout Gerardo Guzman.
Canovi, who represents Thiago Motta, was talking to Calciomeracto on a future return to Inter for Atletico head coach Diego Simeone before revealing sporting director Berta is a wanted by a number of English sides.
“[Inter also signing Berta] would be an excellent idea, a plausible and logical scenario were Simeone to want to move to Milan,” Canovi told Calciomercato.
“It would mean that Inter really want to get back to winning. Berta is a champion. In these years at Atletico he has always achieved good results and gained money. He finds important players without paying too much, he has done miracles in Madrid.
“Although it would be far from simple. You must believe me: the best clubs in the world want Berta, the big English teams as well and not just Manchester United. Everyone has noticed his qualities.
“I told Siena to recruit him, telling club president Massimo Mezzaroma of his enormous qualities. With him, they would have been saved but they went with someone else and a year later they were relegated. That would not have happened with Berta.
“When Siena was looking for a new sports director, I brought Berta to club president Massimo Mezzaroma and I explained his great qualities, I’m sure that with him the team would have avoided the relegation.
“Instead, [Siena] made another choice was done and one year later Siena were relegated and then went bankrupt. With Berta, things would have been different. I hope he will come back in Italy.”