Xisco Munoz’s Kylian Mbappe example as Sheffield Wednesday expand their transfer horizons

Sheffield Wednesday haven’t really looked overseas for new players in recent years, but that’s likely to change under new boss, Xisco Munoz.
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The Spaniard was appointed as Darren Moore’s replacement this week, being unveiled at Hillsborough on Wednesday afternoon as his new project in Hillsborough gets underway.

Wednesday are in the hunt for new players ahead of the 2023/24 campaign when they return to Championship football, and with the new manager looking to put together a squad of at least 22 or 23 players he’s got some work to do over the course of the next month or so.

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The foreign market is not one that the club have delved into of late, Sylla Sow and Florian Kamberi being the only imports during Moore’s reign, however Munoz thinks that they’d be better off if they can look all over the world for new talent.

It’s not easy, though, he explained, citing that even Real Madrid can’t get their man sometimes, referencing their long-standing pursuit of Kylian Mbappe.

"Now you can work in all the world, which is perfect," the new Owls boss told the media. "Maybe before you had to check for information, now you can know everything about a player in Brazil in ten minutes. Why do we need close that market? It’s true in the market in England it’s easy, because the players know more about the Championship, but you never know the market… Real Madrid have wanted to sign Kylian Mbappe for two years, and they have big money, but they can’t.

"The market is the market and you have to understand it… We’re looking all over the world to find these players, but it’s not easy.”

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Meanwhile, there was no word on the length of his contract at S6 – as has become the norm for the club – and he wouldn’t be the one to divulge that information.

“I told him 20 years, but there’s no chance,” Munoz joked, before going on to say, “We are not speaking about the contract, but believe me I’m very happy. Now is the moment to focus on the squad because we have a big job."

Munoz’s first game will take place on Saturday against York City at 1.30pm.