Earlier this season, the Canadian media reported José Mourinho sent an emissary to watch Alphonso Davies, and it was a scout who previously worked at Chelsea.
The Vancouver Whitecaps youngster was watched by Jorge Alvial, an experienced scout who worked with the manager at Chelsea.
And it seems that the interest is still on, because as reported by MLS Transfers on Twitter today, Manchester United are still following the 16-year-old. They claim Manchester United officials were at Vancouver Whitecaps’ CONCACAF Champions League match against Mexican side Tigres last night.
Whitecaps lost 2-1, and as Tigres had already won the first leg 2-0 in Mexico, the Canadian club ended up being knocked-out of the competition. Despite getting a chance to start, Davies couldn’t do much for the Vancouver side and ended up being subbed off after 80 minutes.
The youngster has been playing on both wings for the club, and managed to get two goals and one assist in the continental tournament.
He’s well protected by a contract until December 2018 with an option to extend it for two years further, and given the rare transfers between MLS clubs and the big European sides, it would be interesting to see where this goes from here.
Manchester United have upped their scouting under Jose Mourinho, and it’s often the case that managers take some scouts with them, as has happened here with the former Chelsea official.