El Confidencial is a Spanish broadsheet newspaper but they often come up with some fairly speculative and outlandish claims.
But, if we have learnt one thing from this summer’s transfer window, it is that super agent Jorge Mendes is arguably the most important man in European football.
On Thursday, El Confidencial claim that Manchester United were able to sign Radamel Falcao as a consequence of Angel Di Maria’s farewell letter to Real Madrid after the Argentine signed on at Old Trafford.
After joining Manchester United from Real Madrid, Angel Di Maria wrote a farewell letter to Los Blancos fans where he effectively blamed the club for his departure, in Spanish newspaper Marca.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez did not understand why Di Maria had written this letter and was annoyed that his agent Jorge Mendes had allowed this to occur.
Mendes is of course also Radamel Falcao’s agent and the Colombian striker was heavily linked with Real Madrid during July and August.
Falcao was desperate to join Real Madrid and El Confidencial report that this move broke down due to Angel Di Maria’s farewell letter.
The Los Blancos hierarchy did not understand why Di Maria had this letter published in Marca, when Mendes represents Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe and Fabio Coentrao – three key players at the Bernabeu.
As a result, and as a matter of principle, Real Madrid allowed Radamel Falcao to join Manchester United and signed Javier Hernandez instead.
Undoubtedly, the big winners of the Jorge Mendes spat with Real Madrid are Manchester United who have signed two world class players.
And, the latest rumblings from Cristiano Ronaldo, who has questioned Real Madrid’s summer recruitment policy and publicly declared his desire to return to Manchester United, are believed to be linked.