By Richard Parks
Leeds United, Aston Villa and Derby County are named as three clubs who have contacted the Football League to complain about the influence of super-agent Jorge Mendes at Wolves, according to a report.
The Telegraph claim that the Championship big hitters have voiced their concern to the governing body over transfer activity at the runaway leaders.
The concerns are connected with the influence of Mendes over the recruitment policy at Wolves, with his clients such as Ruben Neves and Ivan Cavaleiro integral to firing Wolves to the top of the second tier.
The Telegraph report that one team is writing to the Football League calling for an official inquiry after dissatisfaction raised by Leeds, Villa and Derby, the latter two of whom have strong promotion shouts.
The subject is set to be discussed at Thursday’s monthly board meeting of the Football League.
It is said that Wolves’ stance is that Mendes is merely an advisor and there is no wrongdoing, while the Football League have previously indicated they have no concerns over his involvement.
Football Insider verdict:
Whatever the outcome of the complaint lodged about Mendes’ influence at Wolves ahead of Thursday’s meeting, Leeds’ role will certainly add extra spice to Wednesday night’s league clash. The Midlands club have taken full advantage of the riches of their Chinese owners and the advice of the Portugese, whose clients reportedly make up around half of the 25 players signed by Wolves in the last 18 months. That is a huge amount, whatever position you’re coming from, and it is understandable that there is disquiet at the role of Mendes, who came to prominence a decade-and-a-half ago as the agent of Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho.
In other Leeds United news, the club are about to begin confirmed talks to sign up a 32-year-old whose game is dusted by genius.