Zlatan Ibrahimovic's agent Mino Raiola wants to buy Roma. pic.twitter.com/RFdEIO8cEd
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Among the thousands of agents operating in Europe, there exists a small super powerful group, known as Super Agents. They’re the agents of numerous superstars, and can make or break a team on a whim. Mino Raiola features in this small group of incredibly powerful individuals.
To anyone familiar with the role of agents in modern football, almost everyone will know who Mino Raiola is. He has a list of reputed clients, including Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, his fellow Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, and Everton striker Romelu Lukaku.
Raiola, who is currently busy handling the transfer of Paul Pogba to Manchester United, is soon to become even richer, with the Red Devils set to pay him a sum reported to be around £20m.
In a recent interview with Italian news outlet Corriere dello Sport, Raiola criticised the leadership of the Lupi. He was quoted as saying:
“If Roma was for sale, I could buy it together with a group of investors because it would be an interesting project.
“The Americans have done little for the Giallorossi and I don’t believe in their project. Just like I didn’t believe in Inter’s.
“At the moment I’ve heard of a project for building a stadium, but I haven’t seen investment on the scale of Paris Saint-Germain or [Manchester] City.”
“I’ve seen them buying players, but also selling them. They have a sporting director [Walter Sabatini] who is good at seeking out talent, but if you first build something up then knock it down, how can you grow?”
If the Italian born agent does take over the club, one can expect a large influx of his clients to the club.
Is Raiola right? Can he really sort things out for the Rome-based club?