Jorge Mendes has earned a big commission for overseeing Fabio Vieira’s transfer from Porto to Arsenal. The Portuguese super agent is well known for brokering big money moves and his agency Gestifute representing the 22-year-old midfielder made him a handsome profit on the occasion.
Vieira signed a five-year contract with Arsenal after the Gunners agreed to pay Porto an initial fee of £30m (€35m), with a further £4m in performance-related add-ons. Porto released a statement on Friday to confirm the deal and the figures involved in the transfer, but a report from Portuguese newspaper Ojogo added further details, which makes for interesting reading.
The report says Mendes will actually take a 10 per cent cut from the final £3.4million fee. Indeed, there was reportedly an agreement between the agent and the club which meant that any transfer exceeding £25.8m (€30m) would see half of the difference paid to Mendes.
It’s quite payday for the Portuguese agent – and another could be just around the corner. Mendes also represents another Porto midfielder, Vitinha, who is set to secure a move to Paris Saint-Germain.
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Mendes is well known for his close ties with Porto, where his agency Gestifute has offices, while Wolves are another key ally for him. Besides promising players like Vieira and Vitinha, he represents world-class stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Joao Cancelo, Fabinho and Diogo Jota.
Vieira admitted over the weekend he would be happy to stay at Porto, where he provided 14 assists and six goals last season, but Mendes encouraged him to move to Arsenal. “I’ve always been happy at Porto but this chance is important for any professional,” he told the Mirror.
“Playing in the Premier League will not be easy and I only promise to work, work, work. My agent worked on the agreement between the two clubs and I accepted the agreement because it was important for all parties. J ‘ve always watched the Premier League on TV.”