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It seems strange to think that there was a time when Paul Pogba was not linked to a move away from Manchester United. At this point, it seems like even when he was playing for Juventus he was pushing to get out of Old Trafford.
Of course, Pogba’s various comments, including those of his love for Real Madrid, have not helped when it comes to the uncertainty of his future, although there is one man at the center of all these speculations who surely has the most. of guilt.
The super agent himself, Mino Raiola. The 53-year-old may also have wooden spoons for hands at this point, such is his tendency to decide to stir the pot at any time.
If you are looking at the Pogba situation and thinking to yourself: ‘I would never want my club to sign a player who signed with their agency,’ then we have news for you: you will miss out on some of the best properties in world football.
Unfortunately, Raiola has some of the biggest stars in the game under his wing, so without further ado, 90min it digs into the players in which it has its claws …
Talk about the devil.
We dare say that Raiola spends 90% of his time talking about Pogba, and to be fair, it’s clear why, given the astronomical price tag, Manchester United is said to have put the Frenchman on his head.
Raiola’s recent comments on Pogba’s future are just the latest in a long series of comments that appear to have cast doubt on the future of the World Cup winner at Old Trafford.
Surely at this point we can all safely say that we will be happy when the longest transfer saga in history, or so it seems, comes to an end.
Remember how we said that Mino Raiola had some of the best talents in world football in his books? Yes, we were not lying.
If you ever want your club to woo one of the best emerging center-backs in Europe, they will be forced to dance with the devil himself.
The superagent is rumored to have pocketed 15% of Matthijs de Ligt’s € 70m transfer from Ajax to Juventus, though that hasn’t stopped him from offering the Dutchman to Real Madrid after less than a year in the Series TO.
Next on Mino Raiola’s long list of prodigious talents is a player who will undoubtedly become the best center forward in Europe.
If the fact that he’s pushing for Pogba to walk away from Old Trafford wasn’t reason enough that United fans didn’t like Raiola, his search for Erling Haaland seems to have been peaked thanks to the super agent, culminating in Ole Gunner Solskjaer’s advice to focus on Pogba and no Haaland.
Raiola is said to have offered the services of Greek defender Konstantinos Manolas to a host of European clubs during the summer of 2019, including Arsenal and Manchester United.
After much speculation, Manolas finally decided to move to Naples, although we have no doubt that it will not be long before he is offered again to all clubs in Europe.
In 2017, amid speculation about a proposed move to Barcelona, Marco Verratti hired Raiola in a bid to push the switch to La Liga.
Such movement did not materialize and the Italian international has stayed in the French capital since then, although it has not been because he wanted to try Raiola regularly offering Verratti’s services to Barça.
For all Manchester United fans they will certainly be glad to see Raiola’s back, the only redeeming feature of the super agent in his eyes is that he is as close to Liverpool as he is to the Red Devils.
Jurgen Klopp is said to have been courting young Frenchman Marcus Thuram earlier this year, though with Raiola apparently still holding a grudge over German’s treatment of Raiola’s client Mario Balotelli during his stint at Anfield, such a deal never seemed to materialize. .
And now to the next player who has been completely screwed by Mino Raiola.
Gianluigi Donnarumma has been regularly featured in clubs across Europe since he rose to prominence in Milan, and speculation about his future led to him being vilified by some sections of the loyal Rossoneri.
There’s no question that Donnarumma isn’t completely innocent of trying to walk away from the club, or at least making it look like he’s trying to secure a better contract offer, although Raiola has certainly not helped things out.
While United appear to have completely burned their bridges with Raiola, one club that has learned that it is best to keep the super agent on their side is Chelsea.
The Blues are said to be interested in a move by Milan center-back Alessio Romagnoli, and have also shown interest in Donnarumma.
However, it remains to be seen if such a deal materializes for the pair, even if either move is completed, we have no doubt that Chelsea’s seemingly burgeoning relationship with Raiola will fall apart once he starts trying to craft a move to. get away from the club. before they have joined.
Having burst onto the scene with Ajax in 2017, Justin Kluivert has struggled to make the impact on European football that many projected he would have.
After months of speculation linking him to Premier League Arsenal over the summer, the Dutchman finally settled on a loan to Bundesliga side RB Leipzig, although he has yet to clinch a place in the starting eleven.
Oh look, another player, Manchester United, has shown interest and finally hasn’t signed. Does anything tell us that Raiola is not a huge United fan?
The Red Devils were rumored to be chasing Hirving Lozano in 2019, although the Mexican international eventually sealed a move to Serie A Napoli.
After a rocky start, he’s starting to flourish in Naples and showing glimpses of his former PSV form.
While Raiola seems to spend most of his time criticizing the clubs and attacking the club hierarchies, he has actually taken the time to criticize some of his own clients in the past.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan took the brunt of the superagent’s fury earlier this year after the Armenian said he had informed Arsenal of his desire to leave the club, says Raiola, calling it “fake news.”
Despite the agent’s fury, that didn’t stop him from doing when it suits him best, as he later secured a permanent transfer to Rome in August.
If there’s a man who needs a good agent, it’s this guy.
At just 30 years old, Mario Balotelli has already accumulated a huge nine permanent clubs, and have not yet been with a single club for more than three years.
He is currently in Serie B with Monza after having his contract with Brescia, after he decided that he would no longer bother to show up for training. Fair enough.
He may not be at the peak of his powers anymore (though he’s not far off, to be fair), but Zlatan Ibrahimovic still represents one of the biggest names on Mino Raiola’s roster.
The 39-year-old is no stranger to pushing to walk away from a club, so the pairing is quite suitable, we would say.
One of Raiola’s most infamous moments as an agent came in 2005 when he claimed that Real Madrid had bid € 70 million for the Swedish star during his time at Juventus, only to later reveal that it was a publicity stunt carried out with the intention of increasing the performance of the striker. value.
Who would have thought? Of all the European giants listed above, we ended up with a player from Craven Cottage.
It’s true that Alphonse Areola is only on loan at Fulham, having signed for West Londoners Paris Saint-Germain in the summer.
The Frenchman appeared to be advancing as number one in the Parc des Princes, but the arrival of Keylor Navas saw him slide down the pecking order, leading him to a loan stint at Real Madrid before his trip to West London. .