Meet Jorge Mendes, football super agent and the undisputed king of the transfer window; a man who has overseen more than $300 million worth of transfers in the past few months alone, while fans have been anxiously refreshing Rumour Mills and following transfer talk on Twitter.
Mendes brokered Angel Di Maria’s astonishing British record fee, taking him from Real Madrid to Manchester United for 59.7 GBP ($A106 million).
He was also the man behind Radamel Falcao’s move to Old Trafford in the final hours of deadline day. Falcao had only a year earlier joined Monaco on a $85m five-year contract.
Mendes’ name will further resonate with United fans – being the man who sold the club Bebe and Anderson – two players who were far from excellent, but Cristiano Ronaldo too – a player who delivered a $110 million profit, along with three EPL titles and a Champions League triumph.
The Di Maria transfer sounds like the deal of a lifetime – but for Mendes it was business as usual – just one of a staggering list of deals he’s brokered already this year, including five of the top seven transfers of the window.
His company GestiFute has an estimated worth of $750 million and his stable of 83 footballers and managers is valued at almost a billion dollars.
Here are the other key moves he has brokered this year.
James Rodriguez: The Colombia World Cup star – who moved from Porto to Monaco for $63 million in 2013, upgraded to Real Madrid this season on a $113m deal.
Diego Costa: Mendes’s client Jose Mourinho agreed to pay the buyout fee of $57m for the Atletico man, also a client of the super agent.
Eliaquim Mangala: the French defender joined Manchester City on a reported $57m fee. The Independent newspaper claimed that thanks to Mendes’s company’s ownership, he made a staggering $25m on that deal alone.
Fernando: Manchester City’s new enforcer is another Mendes player, and moved this window for $20m.
Ezequiel Garay: The former real Madrid player joined St Petersburg during this window, with the fee ranging between $10-20m.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the jewel in his crown, but he has a deep list including names such as Pepe, Nani, David De Gea, Victor Valdes and Nani. There’s also young Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho – linked all year with a $40 million move to Arsenal.
Mendes’s links are stronger to other English clubs, with deep ties to the two Manchester teams and Chelsea.
He helped Mourinho stock his first generation Chelsea team and his status as agent to both Mourinho and Costa made for a painless transfer from Atletico Madrid this year.
Mendes is a former nightclub DJ, and owner, who has been an agent for almost 20 years. Arguably his biggest break came when he signed up a young Ronaldo and secured his transfer to Manchester United, and he built an empire from Portugal and then on up.
He was more than mere agent too, forging a business plan that put him and his company GestiFute well above the usual claims of a Mr 10 Percenter.
The company operated and flourished on model of third party ownership – now banned in English football – where they would buy a percentage of the economic rights of players they represented.
As an example, the company bought 70 percent of United’s Anderson from his club Gremio for $7 million then sold him on to Porto and Manchester United for $45 million, receiving their inflated percentage of the transfer fee.
If Mendes sold United a pup with Anderson it was nothing on his transfer of Bebe to the club in 2010.
Bebe was famously said to be the only player Sir Alex Ferguson bought without ever seeing play. He paid $13m for him, on the advice of Carlos Queiroz, another Mendes client.
Bebe’s club Vitória de Guimarães got $7m and Mendes pocketed $5m from the deal.
Bebe played just two games for United and was loaned out several times, a famous United failure, and a Mendes success story.
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