Manchester United have stepped up their interest in Monaco duo Kylian Mbappe and Tiemoue Bakayoko as they’ve sent head scout Marcel Bout to assess the two during their 3-1 Champions League victory over Manchester City on Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Mark Ogden.
Jose Mourinho has allegedly made attacking players a priority in the summer transfer window as the Portuguese boss looks to bolster his options, with Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick‘s future at Old Trafford uncertain.
Real Madrid and Barcelona are currently monitoring Mbappe, but Man City are said to be long-term admirers of the defensive midfielder Bakayoko.
Bout arrived at Old Trafford in 2014 as Louis van Gaal‘s chief opposition scout, but decided to remain at the club as he was given a senior role by Mourinho in the scouting department.
He was watching Leonardo Jardim’s team in action as they came past a 5-3 first-leg deficit to progress into the quarter-finals, with Mbappe and Bakayoko both impressing.
Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev hopes the club can keep hold of Mbappe following his performances, but with Mourinho already informing Ed Woodward of his summer targets, it’ll be interesting to see which players are on his wanted list.
The Portuguese boss attracted the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly without Champions League football to offer and there’s no doubt if they dynamic duo are a priority, we could see them in a United shirt.