Jorge Mendes helped keep Marcos Rojo's Manchester United career alive after the centre-back was offered to AS Monaco as part of the Anthony Martial deal, reports the Daily Star's Paul Hetherington.
The super agent was supposedly in Carrington to tend to business regarding David de Gea but used his influence to put an end to an ongoing feud between Louis van Gaal and the Argentinian defender.
Van Gaal was reportedly angry at Rojo's inability to join Manchester United's pre-season tour in the US because of passport issues; issues that the Dutchman blames squarely on his player.
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As a result, the former Sporting Lisbon star was offered to Monaco in an attempt to reduce the final fee for striker Martial, who eventually moved to Old Trafford for a staggering £36million.
However, Mendes, who the report says is Rojo's agent, intervened in proceedings and stopped the deal happening. Eventually, Rojo and Van Gaal resolved their differences in a one-to-one meeting.
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But there is a problem
While Mendes is agent to what seems like an endless list of stars, he is not, according to this man's Instagram account, Rojo's representative. The link will take you to a man called Carlos Goncalves, who, on closer inspection, is his actual agent.
This Instagram post from Rojo himself seems to confirm it:
The report also says Mendes stopped the transfer when present at Manchester United to talk about De Gea's new contract. The goalkeeper did eventually sign a new deal, but when Ed Woodward was negotiating with Monaco for Martial, De Gea still had every intention of signing for Real Madrid.
As a result, Mendes would almost certainly not have been in Manchester to talk about a new contract for the Spaniard, rather about a move to the Bernabeu. It's not as big as the agent issue, admittedly, but further evidence that the story may have been plucked from thin air.
It is surprising from Mr. Hethrington, who is usually good value. It's even more of a surprise that, after two days, no one at the Daily Star has thought to take down the article.
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