Suddenly, the first problems Manchester City delivered not Liverpool, Chelsea or even MU, and a newcomer to the Premier League. Wolverhampton has become the third club since the start of the season-2017/18, which inflicted at least 10 strokes to the champions. Plus for the first time since January, City missed the first in the Premier League - 17 games without a sense of defeat. Amazing statistics with only 29% of possession of ball on the "Molineux".
The main beneficiary of Wolves is considered to be the super agent Jorge Mendes. The Portuguese intermediary became part of the club together with the new owners - the Chinese conglomerate Fosun, who bought Wolves in July 2016 for 50 million euros. Seven months earlier, Asians purchased a 20% stake in Mendes's Gestifute.
The main indicator of the serious introduction of Mendes in Wolves was the coach. Even before the official purchase of the club by the Chinese, instead of the boring Paul Lambert, the coach became Nuno Espirito Santo. The Portuguese was the first client to Jorge's, while he was still driving the night club - it was Mendes who arranged the 23-year-old Nuno for a transfer to Deportivo for 2.5 million euros.
In the list of signed contracts, Gestifute employees immediately appeared. Best wrecker in the game with the City Helder Costa became a player Wolves after renting in Monaco, and in his agreement with the British appeared two extra signatures. The first - Valdira Cardoso, representing the agency Mendes. The second is the lawyer of Carlos Osorio de Castro, who is invited by Jorge for making deals.
This Wolverhampton was entirely collected by the main agent of the world. Immediately in the Championship moved 20-year-old captain of Porto Ruben Neves, the youngest Portuguese player who scored in the Champions League. The transfer cost the club 17.4 million euros and became the largest in the history of the first English league.
Another three important newcomers-2018/19 came on loan, and all of the clubs where Mendes in one way or another affect the personnel policy. French defender Willy Boly came from Porto, Portuguese Ruben Vinagre - from Monaco, where Jorge arranged many superstars, and attaccante Diogo Jota - from Atletico.
With the release in the Premier League, Wolverhampton added the Portuguese - in the Championship there were four, plus two in the double, in the Premier League, the colony expanded to seven players in the main team. Among them, such tops as João Moutinho and Rui Patricio - first discharged from the friendly Mendes's Monaco, the second pays a salary to the agency Gestifute.
Other newcomers also came to know Jorge: the main striker of Wolves Raul Jimenez came from Benfica, and the burning left flank of the defense of Jonny Castro - from Atletico Madrid.
Of the 13 guys who came out against Man City, 11 appeared under Jorge Mendes. Wolverhampton at the beginning of the cooperation specifically explained his role: "Jorge cooperates with the club as an adviser to the owners to the same extent as other agents or influential figures in football."
The turbo agent himself did not comment on why he needed Wolves.
In fact, Wolverhampton could be an excellent opportunity for Jorge to gain influence over the club at the very center of world football - in the Premier League. It looks like everything is going according to the Portuguese plan.