MANCHESTER UNITED chief Ed Woodward has ensured he maintains a close rapport with Jorge Mendes for future transfers by arranging a work experience placement for his daughter, it has been claimed.
Manchester United vice-executive chairman Woodward has dealt regularly with Mendes since succeeding David Gill in the role back in the summer of 2013.
Manager Jose Mourinho is also represented by the super-agent, while David De Gea is now the only Mendes client on their books.
Manchester United have, though, brokered transfers for Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao in recent years by using the Portuguese as foil in negotations with Real Madrid and Monaco respectively.
And Woodward, keen to ensure their relationship remains positive, has reportedly taken steps to ensure that remain the case.
United have been sucker-punched by Mino Raiola in recent years.
The club signed Paul Pogba for £89million two years ago but, with the player failing to meet expectations, a parting of the ways could be in the offing.
Barcelona and Juventus are both understood to be tracking the France international.
United boss Mourinho blames Raiola for Pogba’s current transfer dilemma and has already taken action to ensure the agent’s influence at Old Trafford diminish.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan was the first to go, being flogged to Arsenal in a direct swap deal involving Alexis Sanchez.
And Zlatan Ibrahimovic was then shown the door in March – albeit more down to the fact a serious knee injury had taken its toll.
The Manchester Evening News say Woodward has a close relationship was a number of agents.
And while the club remain the market for Raiola clients – Blaise Matuidi and Gianluigi Donnarumma have been linked – the Red Devils chief wants Mendes on side.
He supposedly arranged a work experience placement for Mendes’ daughter.
And that personal action may lead to United doing business with Mendes in the future.
This summer, however, two of his top players slipped through their grasp.