Mino Raiola embodies the growing power of super-agents in modern football


Mino Raiola has established himself as one of the most powerful football agents in the modern era.

The Italian represents several high profile players like Paul Pogba, Erling HaalandRomelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. 

The 53-year-old is exceptional at securing big moves for his clients and he has more influence in modern football than most clubs.

Raiola is an expert when it comes to handling the media and creating transfer speculation. 

Players often use their agents to unsettle clubs and put them under pressure before a transfer or a contract extension and that is when people like Raiola make a huge difference.

For example a player seeking a lucrative contract often uses his agent to circulate transfer rumours and pressurize clubs into offering fat contracts. 

People like Raiola are the middlemen when it comes to the mega-money transfers in the world of football and these agents bag millions of pounds with every transfer.

According to reports, clubs spent around $653.9 million on agents in 2019 and more than one-third of the transfer fees paid by Italian and English clubs went to agents in 2019.

As far as Mino Raiola is concerned, he has two of the hottest properties at his disposal for the summer window – Paul Pogba and Erling Haaland.

Pogba has been linked with a move away from Manchester United for months and it will be interesting to see where the French World Cup winner ends up this summer. Raiola has tried to unsettle United time and again with his interviews before big games, most notably before the game against PSG when he claimed that Pogba’s time at Manchester United is up. 

Meanwhile, Haaland is arguably the most in-demand player in the market right now and he has been linked with Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester City in recent weeks.

Raiola himself held meetings with several clubs across Europe for the young Norwegian striker and it will be interesting to see where the Borussia Dortmund star ends up.

The Italian is set to call the shots on major transfers once again this summer.

Mino Raiola is planning to make Dortmund striker Erling Braut Haaland the first £1m-a-week player. This could rule out a number of clubs who are interested, although Manchester City and PSG could raise the funds. (Source: Sunday Mirror)
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