Jorge Mendes: A Profile of Football’s Super-Agent

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Whenever there is a big name football transfer in the news, be it a manager or a footballer, the name Jorge Mendes is usually associated.

Jorge Mendes has been in the news again this week as he negotiates Jose Mourinho’s move to Manchester United.

Along with Mourinho, his client list reads like a who’s who of footballs mega stars including; Cristiano Ronaldo, David de Gea , Diego Costa and James Rodriguez.

 Jorge Mendes Sports Agent

Jorge Mendes

Here we take a look at Mendes, a football super-agent that has been at the heart of some of the biggest transfers in world football.

The 50-year-old Portuguese football agent has a career spanning over 20 years and is reputed to have brokered deals exceeding £1 billion, he heads up his own sports agency GestiFute.

José Mourinho

José Mourinho

Mendes has represented Mourinho since 2004, where he helped to negotiate the deal that took the former Porto boss to Chelsea.

This deal proved to be a good feather in Mendes cap and other Portuguese stars commissioned him to represent them including; Ricardo Carvalho, Paulo Ferreira, Tiago and Maniche who all followed Mourinho to Chelsea. He also secured the deal that took Costa from Atletico Madrid to Chelsea for £32 Million.

He has since sealed lucrative deals for Mourinho at Inter Milan, Real Madrid and for his second spell at Stamford Bridge. He is now deep in negation with Manchester United helping to secure his fellow country man and client a 3 year mega deal reputed be worth over £30 million plus bonuses to Mourinho.

Mendes has a history of brokering deals with Manchester United including the British record transfer move of Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid in 2014. He was also instrumental in bringing a young Portuguese kid called Cristiano Ronaldo to Old Trafford in 2003.

Mendes other dealings with the Manchester club include the transfers of Nani and Anderson. He will no doubt also be involved in the transfer of United’s world class goalkeeper, David De Gea should the young Spaniard decide to move this summer.

David De Gea

David De Gea

Other footballing stars that Mendes has brokered deals for are; Eliaquim Mangala, Renato Sanches and Alex Teixeira’s.

Mendes will no doubt have a busy summer this year after the European Championships in France when the transfer merry-go-round begins in earnest.

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