Controversy in the Sky Bet Championship as league leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers’ transfer links have been called into question, most notably by Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani.
Jorge Mendes, one of several “super agents” in the world of football, has very strong links to Wolverhampton, with his clientele including manager Nuno Espirito Santo and Wolves’ record signing Ruben Neves amongst others in the squad.
Mendes is also the agent of Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodriguez and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, which has raised the eyebrows of many other clubs in the Sky Bet Championship.
Wolves have been a formidable force this season and there is no doubt that the introduction of players under Mendes’ clientele is the telltale reason as to why.
Does Mendes’ wider footballing connections put Wolves at an advantage in the league, or is it just good fortune that they’ve come into contact with this so called “super agent?”
It’s an interesting argument raised by Radrizzani amongst others, but technically no rules have been bent or broken in the recruitment of Mendes or his clients. But, should there be a cap on the number of quality players a squad can obtain or should all clubs have access to all players and agents regardless of relationships?
Championship rivals allege Wolves paying star names below market rate, at £20k p/w ceiling, to comply with FFP. Complaints in to EFL over Jorge Mendes influence. #wwfc said to cite good business practice https://t.co/oqDDIelTgp
— Laurie Whitwell (@lauriewhitwell) March 9, 2018