On the evening of April 30 (Vietnam time), Mino Raiola, one of the most powerful representatives of the world football village, died after a long time of treatment for lung disease. Raiola’s death puts the future of the players he represents in big question, including stars being sought after this summer such as Erling Haaland, Paul Pogba or Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Haaland’s future is unknown after the death of ‘super representative’ Mino Raiola
Haaland’s case is most remarkable, because the Norwegian striker has been with Raiola since the beginning of his career. Thanks to the direction of the Italian “super stork”, Haaland has grown up through the colors of Molde FK (Norway), RB Salzburg (Austria), before bursting at Borussia Dortmund (Germany) and being sought after by the whole of Europe.
Mino Raiola died and the story of the powerful pizza seller of the football world
According to the Daily Mail, Man City has reached an agreement to recruit Haaland. The English team agreed to a salary of £ 500,000 / week for Dortmund’s striker. Haaland’s release clause is just £63m. The problem of the deal lies in the commission that Man City has to pay for Raiola and Alf-Inge Haaland – Erling Haaland’s father. It is expected that Man City will have to pay no less than 30 million pounds, leading to the total amount of money Man City has to spend on the deal (not including salary) to fall to about 103 million pounds.
Pogba’s departure from MU also had problems when “super agent” Raiola died
After Raiola’s death, the deal will still be conducted by Mino Raiola SP (founded and operated by Raiola himself). According to the British press, the two sides have reached important consensus to sign the contract. Therefore, Haaland’s way to Man City is likely to remain unchanged.
Paul Pogba’s case is more complicated. The French midfielder’s contract with Manchester United (MU) will expire at the end of June. Coach Ralf Rangnick confirmed Pogba will leave MU, however, the player wearing the number 6 shirt has yet to find a place.
“Super stork” Raiola is said to have died of lung disease
“What will happen to Pogba when the player’s destination depends a lot on Raiola’s direction?”, the Daily Mail asked. Currently, PSG and Juventus are the two teams that follow Pogba’s movements the most. Becoming a free agent in July makes it easier for Pogba to negotiate a contract with more favorable salary and bonus terms. However, which team to choose and how to negotiate for the best benefit is not an easy problem to solve with Pogba when Raiola is no longer available.
The 54-year-old “super agent” once shocked with the statement “Pogba is not satisfied with MU and needs a new team to change the atmosphere”. The most important steps in Pogba’s career such as when he left MU to go to Juventus and then from Juventus back to MU were all directed by Raiola. Therefore, unlike Haaland, Raiola’s death can “cast a dark cloud” on Pogba’s future in the same way as The Times.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is also a superstar represented by Raiola. The Swedish striker’s contract with AC Milan expires at the end of June. After 27 games for the red – black half of Milan this season, Ibrahimovic has 8 goals. The former MU striker still partly shows the influence on the game and the mental aspect of the team.
At the age of 40, Ibrahimovic is facing many options: stay at Milan, retire or find a new team. Milan have moved to offer to extend Ibrahimovic’s contract for another year, but will negotiate to adjust some terms to suit the Swedish striker’s performance, which has declined due to age problems.
Raiola is also Ibrahimovic’s representative
Mario Balotelli, one of Raiola’s most dedicated players, is regaining his form in the shirt of Adana Demirspor club (Turkey). However, with the erratic personality of the player nicknamed the “monster horse”, there is no Balotelli to do next, especially when Raiola is no longer around to orientate.
In general, the work of representing and participating in contract negotiations for the benefit of the client will be continued by Raiola’s assistants. However, the departure of the Italian “super agent” will greatly affect Haaland, Pogba or Balotelli. Raiola is known for his frankness and fierceness at the negotiating table. Raiola’s power is also a factor that many teams fear when working with the players he represents. Without Raiola, the negotiation situation between the club and the player could change, leading to fluctuations in the transfer market this summer.