The profit made by Jorge Mendes in every single transfer window is noticed everywhere, and it couldn’t be any different in Portugal.
The super agent has strong connections at his country’s biggest clubs, and is often involved in transfers from Benfica, Braga, Porto and Sporting.
He earns a bigger percentage than most agents, and that bothers some people in Portugal. One of them is journalist Rui Santos, who’s been analysing some deals at Sic Notícias this week.
He talked about the transfers of Edmond Tapsoba from Vitória Guimarães to Bayer Leverkusen, Francisco Trincão from Braga to Barcelona, and Fábio Silva from Porto to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Rui Santos points out that from the €40m paid by Wolves for Fábio Silva, only €30m is going to Porto. The agents are getting 25% of it, as Jorge Mendes received €7m and the player’s primary agent Carlos Oliveira got €3m.
The journalist points out that FIFA will soon have tougher rules for agent commissions, and claims it’s ‘scandalous’ that a representative has been getting such a big percentage for each transfer he makes.
Besides Fábio Silva, Wolves also signed Porto midfielder Vitinha on a loan deal which includes a buying option of €20m.