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Players are bought and sold by clubs.The documents seen by Reuters show Mendes' third-party ownership went much further than previously thought. His agency came to hold stakes in more than 50 top players by late 2015, according to a signed contract between Fosun and Gestifute. There was nothing to prevent Fosun from buying a football club, which could freely own players' economic rights without Fosun breaching the ban on third-party ownership.Still, Fosun remained keen to work with Mendes.Fosun toyed with buying another Portuguese club and an English club, emails show.
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