Mino Raiola’s illness could jeopardize these summer transfers
Italian football agent Mino Raiola, who represents some of the most prominent players, is in critical condition at San Raffaele Hospital in Milan. Italian media incorrectly reported that Raiola died.
He refuted the news from his hospital bed: “Current medical condition for those wondering: Holy shit for the second time in 4 months they’re killing me.”
“Also appear capable of resuscitation,” he added.
Current state of health for those who wonder: angry second time in 4 months they kill me. Also seem able to resurrect.
—Mino Raiola (@MinoRaiola) April 28, 2022
Forbes estimated Raiola’s net worth at around $84.7 million, making him the richest football agent in the world. He is a law school dropout who decided to start his own business after working for several years at Sports Promotions. Raiola’s first major transfer was the signing of Paul Nedved with Lazio.
The situation surrounding Raiola’s health will have major ramifications on the football market.
“I am outraged by the phone calls from pseudo-journalists speculating on the life of a man who is fighting to survive,” said Dr. Alberto Zangrillo of San Raffaele Hospital, as quoted by Fabrizio Romano on Twitter.
Let’s take a look at five footballers whose future hangs in the balance as Raiola undergoes treatment:
Mino Raiola orchestrated Paul Pogba’s record transfer worth $140m from Juventus to Manchester United in 2016. With Pogba’s contract set to expire this year, there is a huge question mark over his future. He had a bittersweet stint at the club, where he only managed the UEFA Europa League in 2016. At 29, Pogba’s main goal is to play at a club where he doesn’t have to. worry about qualifying for the UEFA Champions League. According to some reports, he has an offer on the table from Paris Saint-Germain.
2. Erling Haaland
One of the most sought after strikers in world football, Erling Haaland is on every club’s radar. But not all clubs can afford Haaland; his release clause was set at $98.6 million. Mino Raiola was to receive a commission of 40 million euros on his transfer. Real Madrid and Manchester City are rumored to be leading the race. Raiola and Erling’s father, Alf-Inge Haaland, are working hard to find a new club for the Norwegian striker.
3. Stefan de Vrij
Inter Milan are ready to take advantage of Stefan de Vrij, whose contract runs until 2023. De Vrij was a vital cog in Antonio Conte’s side last year. And according to some reports, Conte wants the Dutch defender at Tottenham. He faces serious competition from Manchester City.
4. Marco Veratti
Since playing in Ligue 1, the genius of Matco Verratti is not appreciated as much as it should be. But whenever he plays in European competition, be it for country or club, Verratti is always in the spotlight for his aesthetic runs, precise passing and dirty tackling. At 29, there is still a lot in him, and PSG will not like to part with him on a free transfer. Some Premier League clubs are clearly interested in him, and Raiola’s negotiating skills will surely help him secure a lucrative deal.
5. Matthijs de Ligt
With Juventus going through a financial crisis, it should come as no surprise if they decide to sell Matthijs de Ligt, whose contract expires in 2024. Barcelona face stiff competition from Chelsea to sign a centre-back from Juventus.