I genuinely don't think Mendes used us.The 480k pw number is what we proposed to him. I’m guessing Mendes used us to light a fire under Man United’s arse since their golden boy going to City would have been a historic PR debacle. He has not taken any wage cut to join United.
And you won’t find anyone reporting it tomorrow. Rags are media darlings, nobody cares what they pay.
I really believe everything was standard procedure, and then United got pride stricken and made a better offer.