Portuguese side Benfica have released their annual accounts report, in which they detail every single penny paid and received by the club in the past year.
That includes the huge amount made by Benfica in the past two transfer windows, when they sold the likes of Ederson and Victor Lindelof.
But there are other English clubs mentioned in the report, which is the case of Wolverhampton Wanderers, who bought Helder Costa from the Eagles in January.
The player had already spent six months at Wolves on a loan deal, and that was enough to convince the club to bring him on a permanent move worth €15m.
Benfica officialy reports that they received €12.978m from that amount. Their earnings were decreased for two factors: intermediation services and financial updates, losing a total of €2.022m.
Regarding the financial update, they describe it as “of the effect of the financial update taking into account the plans of stipulated receipt and payments”.
So despite the attempts to make things clear, they don’t say how much agents received from the transfer. By agents we mean Jorge Mendes, owner of Gestifute, the company which represents Helder Costa.
So the Wolves partner could have received €2.022m (13.4%) of the amount, or maybe nothing. Benfica certainly didn’t want to reveal this, unlike their city rivals Sporting, who usually like to make representative expenses much clearer.
The Eagles’ complete report can be checked on this link.