Mino Raiola has had plenty of dealings with Manchester United since Jose Mourinho became manager in 2016. The pair have no connection, but this is completely down to the workings of vice-executive Ed Woodward, who wasn’t such a prestigious figure in world football then.
But through working with some of the game’s most well-known agents, Woodward has learned the tricks of the trade.
The Glazer puppet will be tested again this summer when Italian super-agent Raiola comes knocking on the door with Mauro Icardi’s future at Inter Milan uncertain.
That’s if you believe Italian news outlet CalcioMercato, who claim Raiola has made indirect contact with United over Argentina striker Mauro Icardi.
The report states that Icardi’s future now looks in increased jeopardy. Last summer, the 25-year-old was strongly linked with a move to Arsenal, as per talkSPORT.
From the 1stof July to the 15thof July, it is suggested that the Argentine will have a release clause that can be triggered for €110 million.
It’s not exactly cheap as chips and for a player unable to get into the Argentina squad for the World Cup, I’m unsure breaking the bank would be the greatest idea. Of course, the Argentines are well stocked in the attacking department with Lionel Messi and co but for that money you’d expect involevment at least.
Icardi has starred and captained an Inter team that has performed inadequately in recent seasons, so it would be no surprise if he did push an agent like Raiola to strike a move to a bigger European club.
But at United – with Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez – where would Mourinho fit Icardi into his starting eleven? The Portuguese tactician is already struggling to find room for Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.
Mino Raiola already represents Paul Pogba and Lukaku.