Portuguese authorities are investigating the € 9 million (£ 7.7 million) paid to two officers as part of the € 50 million transfer that caused Brazilian defender Éder Militão to move from Porto to Real Madrid. in 2019.
The agreement is being investigated by the Central Department of Investigacao e Accao Penal (DCIAP) as part of the “Red Card Operation”. Earlier this week, the investigation led to the arrest of Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira, along with his son and well-known agent Bruno Macedo. Vieira, who resigned from his post Thursday and remains under house arrest after denying the charges, and Macedo are accused of orchestrating a tax fraud and money laundering scheme since 2014 with some of the charges related to transferred players. to Benfica.
But a report in a Portuguese newspaper I post this week He also claimed that the investigation is investigating the commissions paid by Porto to Macedo and his partner, Giuliano Bertolucci, in the Militão transaction when the Brazilian defender joined Madrid in June 2019.
Militão was sold for a fee of 50 million euros and Porto states in its annual report that he earned 28.4 million euros since his departure. According to the accounts, the remaining 21.6 million euros were received by three parties, two of which were named Macedo and Bertolucci.
A fee of 3.5 million euros was paid to Macedo’s company, BM Consulting, while Bertolucci, the agent of former Arsenal defender David Luiz, is said to have received a fee, but there is nothing in the document to indicate how much.
On the other hand, there has also been speculation about who owns the rights to Militão, and the São Paulo accounts seem to show that they were sold twice when he moved to Porto in 2018: once to the Portuguese side for 7 million euros and also to German debt. financier Score Capital AG, for about 18 million euros.
Based in Munich, the German company’s website describes itself as “the pan-European expert in working capital financing for professional football clubs” that has made loans to Atlético de Madrid, among others, in the past. It is unclear why Score Capital would be interested in such a purchase: a player’s federative rights holder has the right to register the footballer to represent him in the competition, something that would appear to be of little use to Score Capital, a boutique financial institution.
In 2015, FIFA banned companies from owning the economic rights of players, following repeated controversy over third-party ownership. São Paulo’s financial records are explicit in stating that it is the federative rights, rather than the economic ones, that Score Capital acquired.
However, Score Capital told The Guardian by email that they “did not own any federative rights to the player Militão.” When asked if the fact that the São Paulo accounts claim they did so was an oversight, they replied, “Does this question have to be asked of São Paulo?”
São Paulo and Porto have not responded to repeated requests for comment from The Guardian, although a statement from the Portuguese club on Thursday night said they were “never questioned, heard or questioned in any kind of investigation or judicial proceeding” about the transfer. that involved Militão and that they had been “duly documented with the required transparency”.
In São Paulo’s 2018-19 annual report, in a section titled “Participation of third parties in economic rights,” the Brazilian club lists the payment of approximately 1.3 million euros to a company owned by Bertolucci. The agent would receive another payment of 2 million euros a year later through the same company. Both payments were made in relation to Militão. Bertolucci and Macedo are renowned for their relationships with both Brazilian and Portuguese clubs. Bertolucci has been a personal source of funding for several Brazilian clubs, lending money to both Santos and Corinthians in 2017.
Macedo is the son of Vespasiano Macedo, a longtime lawyer for the president of Braga, Antonio Salvador. Bruno, Vespasiano and Salvador are all shareholders of the Brazilian company Vespasiano – Investimentos Imobiliarios LTDA, together with the superagent Jorge Mendes. In 2018-19 alone, Porto’s books indicate that they owe Bruno Macedo’s two companies, Yes Sports LDA and BM Consulting, more than 4.5 million euros in fees.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism