With the restructing of the management at the beginning of June, the figure of Geoffrey Moncada has gained even more importance and influence within AC Milan’s decision-making process.
L’Equipe have published a profile on Moncada, who arrived at Milan in December 2018 as chief scout but has always maintained an aura of mystery given that he rarely appears in public and the only interview available is with the same source in January.
Moncada made a name for himself in France at Monaco and since then has kept his ways the same. He doesn’t like media coverage, so much so that there hasn’t been a statement from the club either for his change of role or for the renewal of his contract.
Officially therefore Moncada hasn’t changed duties, but reality tells us that his influence, his tasks and his range of action have grown after the departure of Paolo Maldini and Ricky Massara.
Before the previous management duo left Milan, the Frenchman was one of their subordinates but now he is personally involved in many more ideas and is in close contact with CEO Giorgio Furlani.
The former Monaco’s arrival at Milan is the result of a precise strategy first by Elliott and now by RedBird. The ownership want to continue investing in young talent that needs to be refined and can grow in value.
The signings of Theo Hernandez, Ismaël Bennacer and Rafael Leao as well as those of Fikayo Tomori and Pierre Kalulu – all of which are worth several times what was paid – each had some involvement from Moncada.
The French newspaper also published some anonymous comments from agents who had dealings with Moncada.
“Moncada is very familiar with negotiations and is at ease with both the data and the sporting aspect,” one said.
“When others are vague on certain questions, he gives clear answers. It’s either a yes or a no. There is no feeling of wasting time,” another added.
Another agent added: He has a very natural, almost candid way of relating to others. He is an intelligent person who adapts very well to various situations.”
Before this summer, Monaco tried to bring him back to France with an important operational role, but Moncada was and is fully involved and dedicated to the Milan project.
There are very few photos and images of the Frenchman around the web, almost all taken from his LinkedIn profile, but on the first day of preseason at Milanello he was photographed alongside Furlani and the official sporting director D’Ottavio.
Despite this, the ‘behind the scenes’ modus operandi will continue in the coming months, but Moncada prefers his work to speak for itself.