Manchester United chief executive David Gill met with 'super-agent' Jorge Mendes in Spain this week.
Soon to be former chief executive David Gill was reported to have flown to Spain this week to meet with Jorge Mendes, who owns the Gestifute agency which represents several of the world's most coveted footballers.
Mendes is a name familiar to United for he has helped negotiate several deals in the past, with it widely reported Gill's mission was to discuss finding a way to prise Cristiano Ronaldo away from Real Madrid.
But what if Mendes' gave him a flat no? What else was there to talk about? What if Gill flew out to Spain to talk about something else entirely? Here are five topics of discussion where Manchester United and Jorge Mendes have a mutual interest:
Manchester United have been linked strongly with striker Falcao, a deal which could become more likely if Wayne Rooney is sold. The Colombian is likely to leave Atletico Madrid this summer, and last month Spanish newspaper Marca even claimed United had made a 'downpayment' on the striker. Chelsea however are a strong threat to United closing the deal, and with the player one of the jewels in the crown of Gestifute, United would have to win Jorge Mendes over to create a path for the deal to be completed.
Nani and Anderson
Mendes helped both Nani and Anderson secure transfers to Manchester United in 2007, but this summer it is likely he will be negotiating them moves away from the club. Both have endured frustrating seasons, and Nani has just one year left on his contract. PSG and Juventus are interested reportedly, so Gill may well have needed Mendes to drum up similar interest in Anderson.
Manchester United were claimed in March to have 'signed' Ezequiel Garay by the Portuguese press, a report which was later denied by the player. Benfica are thought to be open to cashing in on the centre-back at the right price, and the Argentine's agent is guess who- Jorge Mendes. It is perfectly logical that if United are interested in the player, he will have been discussed in the meeting with David Gill.
Angel di Maria
A Real Madrid player who United are in with a strong chance of signing if they so wish this summer is Argentine winger Angel di Maria. Despite a mixed season at the Bernabeu, he has proved capable of greater consistency than Nani and is claimed to be open to a move. With a new boss and upheaval planned at Madrid, it is a logical time for Di Maria to ask his agent, Mendes, to find him a new club.
Yes not all of Jorge Mendes' deals have been successes. He infamously helped Bebe secure a move to Old Trafford three summers ago, and it has not gone well. It's doubtful Gill would have flown all the way to Spain to discuss Bebe with Mendes, but while he was there he may just have given him a few jabs in the ribs for suckering United into spending £7 million on the flop.
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