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Agent Jorge Mendes, major Portuguese clubs under investigation

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LISBON, Portugal — Portuguese authorities conducted extensive raids Wednesday as part of an investigation into suspected tax evasion in soccer transfers.

The attorney general’s office said in a statement that 76 searches were being carried out. According to public statements, some of those searches included soccer agent Jorge Mendes’s home, the offices of Benfica, Porto, and Sporting Lisbon, as well as the office of Cristiano Ronaldo’s lawyer, Carlos Osorio de Castro.

The targets were the premises of soccer clubs, agents and lawyers. More than 180 police officers, 101 tax inspectors and 16 magistrates took part in the operation.

The investigation covers transfers and other deals since 2015, the statement said. Authorities are looking into whether tax evasion and money laundering occurred.

The statement provided no further details, citing Portugal’s judicial secrecy law which prohibits the publication of information about ongoing investigations.

Mourinho responds to Mendes statement re: Real Madrid

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Jose Mourinho has reaffirmed his commitment to Manchester United following a bizarre statement from his agent.

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Jorge Mendes had spoken of what he deemed false rumors of Mourinho leaving the Old Trafford set, and the manager used his pre-match press conference before Wednesday’s Champions League match with Valencia to respond to questions on the matter.

From The Manchester Evening News:

“Which statement?” Mourinho asked. “No. I’ve nothing to do with the statement, is just [a] statement, is not my statement. No, I didn’t know at all and I don’t care about it.”

He was later asked about his close relationship with Valencia, and again stressed his commitment to United.

“Nobody in Manchester or connected with Manchester cares more about the club than myself. And three years ago I was not in Manchester and was far from being connected with Manchester. We the professionals feel everything, every day, every second.”

Mourinho’s agent releases statement on Man United future

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Jose Mourinho is staying put at Manchester United.

In an extremely rare statement from his agent, Jorge Mendes, to Sam Wallace of the Daily Telegraph, it was made clear that Mourinho is going nowhere amid reports linking the current Man United manager with a return to Real Madrid.

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Here is the statement from Mendes about his client.

“There have been more rumors of Jose Mourinho leaving Manchester United. It’s totally untrue. Jose is very happy at the club and the club is very happy with him. He has a long-term contract with Manchester United and is fully committed to the club in building a solid winning project,” Mendes said.

Mourinho only signed a new contract in January at United, and that runs out in the summer of 2020. He led them to second place in the PL last season and in his debut campaign at Old Trafford in 2016-17 he won the UEFA Europa League and League Cup.

United currently sit in eight place in the table, eight points off the top four in the Premier League. Draws against Crystal Palace, Southampton and Arsenal in their last three league games has seen them miss the chance to close the gap on those above them.

Mourinho has been under constant pressure this season, his third in charge at Old Trafford, as United’s star players such as Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku have underperformed and woeful defensive displays have hampered the Red Devils.

This statement will do little to stop the speculation about Mourinho not only leaving for Real Madrid, but also being fired by United. Given the vast sums of money (around $450 million) he has spent on new players since 2016, the Red Devils are languishing outside of the top six and are going backwards fast.

Mendes’ statement only reinforces that Mourinho’s future at United is far from secure, and the only saving grace for the Portuguese coach is his new contract locks him in for the next two years, at least, and he will be due a hefty compensation package should Ed Woodward decided enough is enough over the coming months.

It will be intriguing to see how much cash Mourinho is handed in January to try and rebuild his defense. If he isn’t given much, that is a sign his time at United is coming to an end.

Milan reportedly meeting with Mendes re: Costa, Sanches, Falcao

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AC Milan’s big summer could get downright massive, according to a sensational report out of Italy.

It’d be fair to assume some think it already has been, given the captures of Leonardo Bonucci, Andre Silva, Mateo Musacchio, Franck Kessie, Ricardo Rodriguez, Hakan Çalhanoğlu, and Lucas Biglia.


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Well, Sky Sports in Italy is reporting that super agent Jorge Mendes is meeting with i Rossoneri regarding not one but three of his clients, each of whom is well-known by European soccer fans.

The biggest name is Diego Costa, who would likely be gone from Chelsea already if Atletico Madrid wasn’t under a transfer ban.

The report also names AS Monaco striker Radamel Falcao and Bayern Munich youngster Renato Sanches, who was considered one of the top summer transfers this time last year.

The 31-year-old Falcao scored 30 goals for Moncao in his return from the Premier League, while Sanches had this to say about a potential move away from the Allianz Arena:

“I’m young, I have to play a lot. I think the chance to do so is greater in Milan than in Munich.

“I want to play more consistently and [a move to] AC Milan is a very interesting option. If the two clubs reach an agreement, I would be happy to join the Rossoneri.”

Milan is participating in the Europa League this year in addition to Serie A, and already has terrific depth to take a chance at winning both.

Agent Jorge Mendes appears before judge in Falcao tax probe

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MADRID (AP) Football agent Jorge Mendes has told a Spanish judge that he had no involvement in the financial planning of client Radamel Falcao, who has been accused by a state prosecutor of tax fraud.

Mendes, who is not accused of any wrongdoing, appeared before a judge in a Madrid court for 45 minutes on Tuesday as part of the probe into whether there are grounds for the case against Falcao to go to trial.

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Mendes’ agency, Gestifute, released a statement saying that “neither he nor his employees have ever intervened in the creation of corporate structures for his clients and much less provided any tax advice to them.”

Last month, a state prosecutor accused Falcao of defrauding Spain’s Tax Office of around $6 million from 2012-13. The alleged unpaid taxes were from money the Colombian player made from endorsement deals through image rights, not from the salary he was then being paid from club Atletico Madrid. Falcao now plays for Monaco.