Luis Rubiales has been in the news for all the wrong reasons in recent weeks.
His shameful act of kissing Spain women’s player Jenni Hermoso during the trophy presentation after they won the FIFA Womens World Cup sent the world into shock and sucked the energy out of La Roja’s celebrations.
Many called for Rubiales to step down from his post as the President of the RFEF after the incident, but the 46-year-old refused to do so.
Following that, he was handed a suspension, pending investigation, with Pedro Rocha being named interim president.
Now, according to shocking reports by Radio MARCA, La Liga president Javier Tebas has approached Mateu Alemany to take over the presidency of RFEF.
He is said to be convincing the former General Director of Valencia, although it is unclear what authority he has in deciding the same.
Barcelona’s transfer market GOAT
Songs were sung of Alemany’s genius in wading through the waters of Barcelona’s financial situation in recent years, and deservedly so.
Up against the wall with little space to wriggle, the Spanish administrator took over charge of the club’s transfers in March 2021 and oversaw numerous pay cuts, favourable renewals and necessary departures to stabilise the ship.
Moreover, he is the man behind Barcelona’s recruitment of players including Robert Lewandowski, Ilkay Gundogan, Franck Kessie, Joao Cancelo and Joao Felix with a tight budget.
Alemany stepped down from his position as the club’s director of football on September 2. In fact, he was not directly involved in any negotiations for the institution over the past two weeks.
Options plenty on his table
Alemany has become a man in high demand after his successful stints at Barcelona and Valencia.
As he bid adieu to the Catalan club, rumour had it that Tottenham Hotspur were eyeing him as their director of football.
If indeed Alemany is a candidate to replace Rubiales, there would not be many opposed to his appointment. Yet, it is unclear as to what authority Javier Tebas has in the presidency of the RFEF.