Kylian Mbappe Manchester United Transfer Reportedly Being Aided by Jorge Mendes

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistMay 4, 2017

Juventus' goalkeeper from Italy Gianluigi Buffon (L) prepares to block a shot on goal by Monaco's French forward Kylian Mbappe during the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg football match Monaco vs Juventus at the Stade Louis II stadium in Monaco on May 3, 2017.  / AFP PHOTO / Anne-Christine POUJOULAT        (Photo credit should read ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images)
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Football agent Jorge Mendes has reportedly brought Manchester United and AS Monaco together amid rumours the Premier League outfit are interested in an £80 million deal for Kylian Mbappe.

According to Le 10 Sport (h/t Sport Witness' Tom Coast), Mendeswho represents both United manager Jose Mourinho and goalkeeper David De Gea—"is believed to have brought the two clubs together."

Coast added that while Mendes does not represent Mbappe, the agent has a strong working relationship with the clubs and has been involved in transfer business with both.

Mbappe, who only turned 18 in December, is enjoying a sensational year with Monaco; in 39 matches he has notched an incredible 24 goals and 11 assists.

The precocious talent is already making history in European football, per OptaJean:

Mbappe has netted five times in the UEFA Champions League knockout phase, and while he did not manage to get on the scoresheet on Wednesday against Juventus in the semi-final, beIN Sports' Matteo Bonetti nevertheless hailed the trouble he gave the Bianconeri:

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The youngster possesses incredible speed that few can match, but he also has the physicality to handle the attention of defenders and the dribbling ability to get around them.

He makes intelligent runs for a player so young, and he's more than willing to put in a shift defensively, doggedly tracking back when his side are without the ball.

United already possess two top young forward talents in Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, and while it's still early in the trio's career, Mbappe perhaps has the highest ceiling of the three.

Hesham Bilal-Hafiz of the Manchester Evening News believes the Frenchman would benefit from remaining in the principality for another season at least:

Indeed, he already enjoys a regular starting role with Monaco in a team playing some mesmerising attacking football, whereas at United, he would come into a side struggling to kill teams off and either be expected to transform their attack or be embroiled in a fight for minutes.

Nevertheless, if United do manage to snap him up, they'll have not only acquired a top talent with a bright future, they'll have also prevented their rivals from doing the same.

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