many of the biggest transfers and claimed
around €30m from his clients' movements this
Sep 5, 2014 09:00:00
By Ben Hayward | Spanish
As deadline day transfer
business came to a close on
Monday night, Radamel
Falcao's late move to
Manchester United ensured
one last lucrative deal for football's most powerful
agent. Jorge Mendes had done it again.
While some clubs will be happy with their business
during the window and others will have wanted
more, Mendes was the window's biggest beneficiary
as he masterminded several of the summer's most
A frustrated footballer who worked as a DJ, then
owned a video shop and a nightclub outside Lisbon,
Mendes started selling advertising space on
pitchside hoardings at small Portuguese clubs and
eventually struck up a relationship with Nuno, now
coach at Valencia. The goalkeeper's move to Spain in
1997 saw Mendes involved in a transfer for the first
time. But since then, deals involving his players have
totalled more than a billion euros.
Mendes manages Jose Mourinho and his
relationship with the Chelsea coach saw a number
of players represented by the agent's GestiFute firm
(Ricardo Carvalho, Paulo Ferreira, Maniche and
Tiago) move to Stamford Bridge in his first spell.
Likewise at Real Madrid (where Angel Di Maria,
Fabio Coentrao and Carvalho came in to join other
Mendes clients Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe during
the Mourinho era).
Mendes was heavily involved again in Monaco's
spending spree last summer, as Falcao, James
Rodriguez, Moutinho and Carvalho all joined the
This summer, however, Mendes has done arguably
his best business. The Portuguese oversaw James'
move from Monaco to Madrid for €80m, took a 10
per cent cut as Di Maria left Real for Manchester
United at around €75m and also made significant
funds as Diego Costa joined Chelsea for €35m and
Eliaquim Mangala was sold by Porto to Manchester
City for a fee of approximately €53m (third-party
involvement meant the Portuguese side were paid
€30.5m for a percentage of his playng rights).
Another of his clients, Argentine defender Ezequiel
Garay, joined Zenit from Benfica for around €15m.
Then, as the transfer window was drawing to a
close, Mendes negotiated with several clubs over
Falcao. The agent had hoped to position the striker
at Real Madrid, but there was more interest from
the player than the club and president Florentino
Perez grew tired of the agent's constant calls, telling
colleagues behind the scenes: "If I bring in Falcao,
I'd have to make Mendes president!"
In the end, Falcao moved to United, initially on a
lucrative loan arrangement worth around €10m. So
although the 48-year-old didn't get his wish for
Falcao to move to Madrid, he still got his money.
And in total, the agent claimed close to €30m from
his clients' movements over the summer. As usual,
Mendes was the window's real winner.