By Alex Stevens
Leeds are in talks with former Real Madrid strategist Ivan Bravo to become the club’s new director of football, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claim the Yorkshire giants are in negotiations with Bravo, who was head of strategy at the Spanish super club, to seal a deal “in the coming weeks”.
Bravo has been working at the Qatar-based Aspire academy since 2011, a job which has entailed providing a production line of talent in the country ahead of them hosting the 2022 World Cup.
The role of director of football has not been filled at Leeds since Nicola Salerno left the club in June 2015.
It was reported in September that Leeds were close to owner Massimo Cellino’s fellow Italian Francesco Marroccu to the director of football role after he was a regular visitor to the club’s Thorp Arch training headquarters.
Leeds’ reported interest in Bravo, who was in charge of overseeing Real’s objectives on and off the pitch while he was in Spain, comes at a time of potentially great change behind the scenes of the Championship club.
Cellino has been in negotiations to sell a 50 per cent stake in the club to Italian sports media mogul Andrea Radrizzani.
Moreover, the controversial Cellino is facing a £250,000 fine and 18-month suspension from football after being found guilty of breaching FA regulations in regards to the transfer of Ross McCormack to Fulham in 2014.
The appointment of Bravo would provide Leeds with a link between the boardroom and manager Garry Monk if Cellino is forced to step away from his day-to-day dealings at the Yorkshire giants.
Leeds are fourth in the Championship heading into their next fixture, which is an away match at second-placed Brighton on Friday night.
In other Leeds news, Pontus Jansson has delivered an update on his future and fans will be concerned.