Manuel Pellegrini has signed a three-year deal to become the new West Ham United manager and the Chilean is not waiting around to get his backroom staff in place.
Sky Italia reports that his former Malaga midfielder Enzo Maresca is set to be announced as the Hammers’ assistant coach, while Football London has stated that Pellegrini wants Eduardo Macia to follow him to the London Stadium in a director of football role.
Macia is an experienced talent-spotter who is currently working at Leicester City. But one signing he made during his time with Liverpool is what he is perhaps best known for in England – the £20 million deal for Atletico Madrid star Fernando Torres back in 2007.
According to Marca, Macia was responsible for convincing Torres to leave his boyhood club; something many teams before had tried and failed to do. But, 11 years on, what are the chances of Macia making contact with El Nino again?
Torres will be a very high-profile free agent this summer with his second spell at Atletico Madrid coming to an end in dream fashion, via a Europa League title and two goals on his farewell appearance against Eibar in La Liga.
Clearly, Torres has still got that touch of class, even if the speed and relentless goal-scoring of his Anfield peak have been left in the past.
So, even on a free, he would be a real big-name signing for a West Ham side who could do with a striker, particularly with Pellegrini stressing his commitment to attacking football upon his official unveiling.
Can Macia work his magic again?
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