It's been going on for months, but it seems to be getting more serious. One of the most influential agents in the world of football, Jorge Mendes, has now been confirmed under investigation due to suspicious transfers and about 15,000,000 euros evade.
More precisely, so much money has disappeared in the "set up" deals of football clubs with managers, that is, as FIFA and UEFA call it - "third party" He is under scrutiny, the daily Correio de Manha reported first, and then the police confirmed, about 25 transfers, it is not known which ones.
Today, the competent authorities conducted raids in the premises of Braga, Vitoria Guimaraes, and the offices of Mendes' agency Gestifute. Even earlier, the police broke into the premises of Benfica, Porto, and Sporting several times, so it seems that Portuguese football is systematically shaped so that the powerful make money.
The mentioned 15,000,000 euros are disputable only for these 25 transfers, as clubs and third parties (managers) "tried to hide the income" and the real value of the business so that they would not have to pay the appropriate tax.
According to some allegations, the state was damaged by far more, because it is estimated that as much as 200,000,000 euros were laundered through transfers! Here, of course, we are not talking only about Mendes, but also about all the other suspects.
Since Operation Fora de Yogo (Offside) was launched on March 4, 2020, there have been 47 of them. Of these, 24 are legal entities, 23 are individuals . Among them are the players themselves, managers, intermediaries, lawyers, and also the sports directors of some clubs.
A wide variety of relationships are examined. For example, the police were today with the father of the manager Bruno Macedp, who used to run a construction company with Braga's president Antonio Salvador. Let's see if something concrete will come out of all this.
Because Gestifute is one of the largest management agencies that also represents the interests of almost the entire Portuguese national team. For example, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ruben Dias, Bernardo Silva, Fabinho, Joao Cancelo, Ederson, Diogo Jota, Ruben Neves, Andrea Silva, Renato Sanchez, Nelson Semedo, Rafael Leao, Goncalo Guedes, Angel Di Maria, James Rodriguez, Rui Patricio … And Artem Dzyuba, and coaches Jose Mourinho, Nuno Espirito Santa, Gennaro Gattuso, Sergio Conceicao, Bruno Lage… You know where all this money in the game came from It is certain that the process will take a long time, but there will be interesting penalties in the end