The Evening Standard’s Dan Kilpatrick revealed earlier this week that super-agent, Jorge Mendes, who is a close confidant of Jose Mourinho was crucial in helping Spurs to land one of their summer signings for what appears to be a reasonable amount of money.
The Athletic have now explained how Mendes played an important in facilitating Matt Doherty’s move to Tottenham.
According to reports, Tottenham secured the services of the Republic of Ireland international for just £13.4million, which can be considered a bargain for a player who is still in the peak of his prowess and had three years left to run on his contract at Wolves (Football.London).
The Athletic reveal that Mourinho’s close relationship with Mendes as well as the Portuguese agent’s close association with Fosun International, who own Wolves, proved important in getting the deal over the line.
Wolves’ owners reportedly also boast a stake in Mendes’ Gestifute agency, of which both Doherty and Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo are clients.
Mendes is said to have played an important role in helping Wolves secure the signings of Ruben Neves, Raul Jimenez and Rui Patricio and the agent also reportedly helped the midlands club complete the deal for Doherty’s replacement, Nelson Semedo from Barcelona.
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Based on previous reports, Tottenham and Daniel Levy have been less willing to part ways with huge agent fees over recent years compared to many of the rival clubs, and have seemingly preferred not to involve too many intermediaries in transfers. However, that approach seems to have changed with the arrival of Jose Mourinho, with the club seemingly making good use of the Portuguese coach’s contacts this transfer window.
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