Jorge Mendes and a host of other agents are clamouring to represent Manchester United starlet Marcus Rashford, according to reports.
The Times claim that Portuguese ‘super-agent’ Mendes is desperate to add the 18-year-old to his list of clients and has contacted the striker over representing him.
Rashford, who boss Louis van Gaal claimed is not even ready for the first team, is currently represented by his older brother, Dwaine Maynard, and receives support from Danny Welbeck’s brothers Chris and Wayne.
But Mendes, who has the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Jose Mourinho and Radamel Falcao aming his list of clients, is not the only agent chasing the forward with Wayne Rooney’s agent Paul Stretford, Aidy Ward – the man who structured Raheem Sterling’s move to Manchester City, as well as the Stellar agency run by Jonathan Barnett and David Manasseh all sniffing around the Manchester-born prospect.
Rashford 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 after breaking into the United first team this season.
After making his debut in February against FC Midtjylland and scoring twice, Rashford has flourished and has scored seven goals in 13 appearances, including strikes against Arsenal and Man City.
England boss Roy Hodgson has played down Rashford’s chances of breaking into the England squad ahead of the Euro 2016 Championships and has claimed it would be a “bold decision” to take him to France, but the England Under-20 star is seen as a huge talent and Mendes is falling over himself to recruit him.
Mendes has made millions from structuring transfer deals with clubs and he already has strong relations with United and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.