That relationship has meant Mourinho has kept tabs on the 18-year-old’s development, which saw the winger named in the Ajax squad for last year’s Europa League final against United.
Although he was an unused substitute, Mourinho comforted the youngster after his United side beat the Dutchman 2-0 to lift the trophy.
United and Ajax are now reportedly close to agreeing a deal for the youngster, for a fee of £10million plus add-ons. An agreement could be finalised at the end of the season.
Kluivert has made 29 first-team appearances for the Eredivisie side after making his debut last year, and is said to be excited about the prospect of playing in the Premier League.
The 34-year-old ex-France international’s deal includes an option for a further year.
A statement on the club’s website on Saturday read: “This morning, at the Caravaggio Sporting Village in Naples, an agreement was reached between Benevento Calcio and footballer Bacary Sagna.
“In the presence of president Oreste Vigorito, the French defender of Senegalese origins signed a contract that binds him to the Giallorossi club until June 30. The deal includes the option for the extension until June 30, 2019. Bacary Sagna will be available to coach Roberto De Zerbi from next week.”
Sagna, who won 65 caps for Les Bleus, has been without a club since leaving Manchester City last summer.
Il nazionale francese Sagna è del Benevento https://t.co/z517JXI1ui
— Benevento Calcio (@bncalcio) February 3, 2018
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The January transfer window may be shut but there’s still plenty of news from the rumour mill with several moves being put off until the summer.
Here, we round-up the transfer tales that have got everyone talking on Saturday.
Kane has a real chance
The Kane to Madrid link simply won’t die down and Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo have fanned the flames by suggesting Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has slapped a €200m price tag on the England striker.
Levy is a notoriously tough operator in the transfer market, having already forced Real to spend a then-record sum to bring Gareth Bale to the Bernabeu.
Yet there is arguably no better option to replace an inconsistent Karim Benzema as the spearhead of Real’s attack.
With money tight thanks to the cost of a new stadium – and the budgets of their nearest Premier League rivals – Kane, who could score his 100th Premier League goal in the trip to Liverpool on Sunday, should by no means be considered out of reach.
Kane, still only 24, is not the type of player to kick up a fuss but has recently said ‘trophies’ are what will keep him in north London for the long haul – he has yet to win one at Tottenham.
Spurs are also hindered by their rigid wage structure, though surely they will make an exception for their star man.
It seems hard to believe that Levy would be willing to part with the player no matter the offer, but as history suggests, Real usually get their way.
Vidal could add some bite to United
Arturo Vidal and Manchester United have been uttered in the same sentence many times before and Jose Mourinho harbours hope that he can make the transfer happen this summer, according to the Daily Star.
The Chile midfielder will have just one year left on his Bayern Munich contract in the summer and was apparently wanted by Chelsea in the January transfer window.
It was self-evident that Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic needed help in the middle after Tottenham blew them off the park on Wednesday. The only question is whether Vidal is truly Mourinho’s man.
He’s experienced, which is a strong indicator in a Mourinho target, and at his best is one of the most complete midfielders in the world.
On the downside, he is 31 years old and can sometimes go missing on the big occasion. He is however a realistic target for a Bayern Munich side likely to hit the refresh button after Jupp Heynckes (leaves) again.
He would be an intriguing addition to United – as long as he’s not their only signing in the centre of the park this summer.