League to meet with Wolves over Jorge Mendes
The EFL are set to meet Wolves after several rivals raised concerns over the club’s relationship with super-agent Jorge Mendes.
The subject was discussed on Thursday by the EFL board, following a week in which Mendes’s involvement at Molineux has come under the spotlight.
A subsidiary of Fosun, the club's owners, own shares in Mendes’s agency. Several of his clients are meanwhile on the books of the Championship leaders, including head coach Nuno Espirito Santo.
It has been reported that several rival clubs have voiced concerns over Mendes’s influence, with one even drafting a letter to the league outlining their complaints.
The EFL have now released a statement confirming plans to meet with Wolves in order to reiterate the rules with regard to third-party ownership.
It is understood the league previously looked into Mendes’s involvement at the club following Fosun’s takeover in July 2016.
The statement read: “At its meeting today the EFL board considered at length the matter of the relationship between Wolverhampton Wanderers, majority shareholder of the club, Fosun and Jorge Mendes, in light of the recent concerns raised by a number of clubs.
“It was agreed that the EFL executive will meet with the management of the club to reiterate the requirements of our regulations and those of the FA and will report back to the board in due course.
“It should be noted that the club was explicitly informed in July 2016 of all the requirements it was expected to meet as part of the change of control, and appropriate arrangements were put in place to ensure compliance.
“The club has confirmed that the undertakings given at the time remain in place and are being complied with.”
Leeds owner Andrea Radrizanni launched an astonishing attack on Wolves's links with Mendes on Wednesday night, describing it as "not legal".
Villa chief executive Keith Wyness further stoked the flames on Thursday morning by tweeting a link to a story about Paul Lambert's sacking by Wolves last summer.
Lambert's departure was claimed to have been triggered by his concerns over Mendes's influence.