‘Super-agent’ Jorge Mendes wants to add Manchester United’s breakthrough striker Marcus Rashford to his list of clients after expressing an interest in representing the 18-year-old, it has been reported.
Rashford has broken into the first-team at Old Trafford this season having only made his debut on 25 February as a result of injuries sustained by Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial, with United manager Louis van Gaal forced to throw Rashford into at the deep end.
The teenager has flourished ever since though, having scored seven goals in 13 appearances which included the winner in the Manchester derby against rival Manchester City and a double against Arsenal.
England manager Roy Hodgson has played down Rashford’s chances of breaking into the England squad ahead of the Euro 2016 Championships, but that has not stopped the United starlet attracting widespread interest and, according to The Times, catching the eye of ‘super-agent’ Mendes.
The Portuguese has the tag from representing the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Jose Mourinho and Radamel Falcao among many others, and has made millions from structuring deals with clubs that include large agent fees to reward himself for handling negotiations.
Mendes already has strong relations with United the stems back to Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign at Old Trafford, and he has maintained close ties with the club through executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward. The possibility of Jose Mourinho becoming manager at United would only strengthen his standing at the club.
Jorge Mendes with his client Cristiano Ronaldo (Getty)
Jorge Mendes (left) alongside Radamel Falcao (Getty)
Mendes is believed to have expressed his interest in becoming Rashford’s agent, although he is not the only football agency to offer their services to the striker. It’s added that Paul Stretford, who has overseen Wayne Rooney’s career, and Aidy Ward – the man who structured Raheem Sterling’s £48m transfer from Liverpool to Manchester City – have both contacted Rashford, as have Stellar agency with owners Jonathan Barnett and David Manasseh able to boast Gareth Bale among their clients.
Rashford is currently represented by his older brother, Dwaine Maynard, and receives support from Danny Welbeck’s brother Chris and Wayne. The forward currently has 14 months left to run on his £1,500-a-week deal, although he is expected to sign a £15,000-a-week extension at the end of the season.