Jorge Mendes' influence over PSG transfers growing worryingly

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Jorge Mendes, the powerful Portuguese football agent, has wielded substantial influence in the Parisian club's transfers since last summer. This sway, attributed to his ties with football advisor Luis Campos, has raised eyebrows from those covering PSG.

Operating behind the scenes, Jorge Mendes, a prominent figure in global football representation, has orchestrated the arrival of most PSG players in the past two years.

Despite his low-profile approach and absence from official newcomer photographs, Mendes' impact on PSG's transfer endeavors is undeniable and it only got enlarged by the presence of fellow Portuguese Campos in the club.

Jorge Mendes, 57 years old, frequently emerges in discussions concerning Paris' acquisitions while suggesting transfers himself. His involvement spans numerous PSG transfers, often in collaboration with trusted associate Luis Campos.

The recent arrival of Goncalo Ramos from Benfica illustrates their partnership in finalizing deals for the latest (but not last) and nth time.

Gestifute, Mendes' agency, facilitated Portuguese striker Goncalo Ramos' loan move from Benfica to PSG with a reported €65m fee paid to his former club with €15m on top of that by way of a must-buy option attached to the loan.

Ramos became the third summer signing bearing Mendes' mark, joining Manuel Ugarte and Marco Asensio, both arriving from the Iberian peninsula earlier this offseason.

Mendes' influence extends beyond those arrivals, mind you; he has also acted as an intermediary for arrivals such as Cher Ndour and Kang-in Lee just this transfer window.

The partnership between PSG and Mendes has growth since Campos' arrival and has prompted discussions about Mendes' role and its impact on PSG dynamics, perhaps for the bad. The preference for Mendes-associated recruits has led to contemplation within the club about strategic direction.

Mendes' robust Qatar ties and relationships, including PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, have bolstered the position of the agent. His connections within Qatar's upper echelons, like Emir Tamim ben Hamad Al-Thani, contribute to his standing and capacity to shape PSG's roster.

As the August 31 transfer window closure approaches, Mendes' strategic sway and network continue to shape PSG's future acquisitions and team composition, as good or bad as that might end up being for the club.

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