The € 9.72 million in commissions resulting from the € 50 million paid by the Real Madrid in 2019 for the signing of Brazilian center-back Éder Militao, then in Porto, they are being investigated by the Portuguese Prosecutor’s Office.
As reported by the Portuguese newspaper ‘Público’ on Thursday, two agents are in the spotlight: Bruno Macedo, one of the four Portuguese arrested in Operation ‘Red Card’ that has forced the president of Benfica, Luís Filipe Vieira, to resign; and the Brazilian Giuliano Bertolucci.
In August 2018, Porto bought 90% of Militão’s rights from São Paulo for 8.5 million and in March 2019 Real Madrid bought 100% of the rights for 50 million, from which Porto would benefit at 38.16 million euros. However, 21% of the amount that Porto entered was for the two intermediaries, according to the same source.
In addition, the first purchase operation, when Porto acquired Militão, is also under suspicion, according to the newspaper. According to the same source, there came into play Pedro Pinho, a businessman closely linked to the president of Porto, Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa, who a few months ago was accused of assaulting a cameraman of Portuguese television TVI.
That investigation, according to ‘Público’, arises from a anonymous complaint that explained that part of the commissions of said operation would have been used to compensate players and referees.
Pinho was also a partner of Alexandre Pinto da Costa, son of the current Porto president, in a company also related to football, reveals the Portuguese newspaper.