A third division Spanish football club have taken the surprise step of attempting to recruit new footballers through social media and job website LinkedIn.
The unidentified club, who, judging by the league table, are Sporting Gijon, have turned to an organisation called Yamvi Sports to look for new talent, and Richie O’Dare, their operations manager, has turned to the website to look for new talent.
Their demands are specific, looking for players with a European passport who play as playmakers.
While they are hoping to get a player like Barcelona’s Xavi or former Manchester United target Toni Kroos, it seems unlikely that they will be able to tempt a player of that calibre with an offer of €1,300 a month.
There also cannot be a transfer fee involved, and the talent has to be younger than 25 years old.
The club are desperate for the two new players, and need them to be able to join them in the next six days.
Manchester United have been put on red alert after Barcelona star Xavi suggested that he might be interested in a move away from the Nou Camp in the near future, as reported by the Daily Express.
Despite interest from the Old Trafford club in the summer, Xavi decided to stay with Barca.
However, he has been limited in his quest for first team football by recent recruit Ivan Rakitic, who has impressed since joining the club from Sevilla this summer.
While there was a belief that Xavi would depart at the end of the current season, it now seems as though he might make the move in January, having been unhappy in his role as a reserve.
With Man Utd still needing additional midfielders, with that area a particular weak point of their side, Louis van Gaal might be tempted to make another move for the hugely successful midfield maestro.
Xavi said: “I am not comfortable as a reserve.
“I want to play more and change the situation, although the team comes first and it is the coach who decides.
“I just have to take advantage of the minute given to me. It’s a tragic situation but I want to reverse it and feel more useful.”
Barcelona sat Xavi reportedly turned down the opportunity to make the switch from the Catalan giants to Manchester United this summer, as reported by the Daily Express.
There are suggestions in Spanish newspapers that the man who gave Xavi his Barca bow, new Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, was keen on bringing him to Old Trafford.
The former Netherlands coach tried to convince the 34-year-old that a move to the Premier League this summer was to his benefit, but the Spanish star turned him down.
There was also interest from Bayern Munich once it became increasingly clear that the midfielder was keen on a move away from the Camp Nou.
Bayern are managed by Pep Guardiola, who, in his time in charge of Barcelona, helped turn Xavi into one of the most highly respected midfielders in world football.
Despite further offers from Qatar and Major League Soccer, Xavi ultimately decided to stay at Barca for another season, having been convinced by new manager Luis Enrique.