Football agents aren’t the most popular of people, none especially less than Mino Raiola. The proclaimed ‘super-agent’ works for an abundance of big names within the game, including Manchester United stars such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Whatever is said about Raiola, he is one heck of a clever man – and not just because he is able to speak seven languages. His latest words to the media concern two of the Serie A’s most exciting stars, Paulo Dybala and Lorenzo Insigne. Despite not representing either of the stars, the agent said that the duo will ‘inevitably’ move on to bigger things, sighting Manchester United as one of a few clubs that should consider the forwards.
Dybala has scored 49 goals in 98 appearances for Juventus and is rated as one of the best players in world football. Raiola believes it’s inevitable he will leave the Old Lady at some stage in his career.
“In the end, Dybala will leave Juventus.” Raiola told Rai Sport.
“And if he does he should go to a team with a project already formed where he can join.”
“Because he is still too young to be the leader of a new project.”
“I would love to see Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester, both City and United, but always in a big project.”
As for Insigne, the Italian-Dutch agent had previously upset Napoli’s president Aurelio De Laurentiis for claiming that the forward and coach Maurizio Sarri belong at a higher level.
In an interview with La Domenica Sportiva, it was more of the same from Raiola, saying: “Napoli play football appreciated all over the world, that is obvious and everywhere I go, colleagues ask me about them.”
“Insigne has a contract. We seem to want players to become slaves of either clubs or agents.”
“I merely expressed an opinion, that Insigne could happily play for Barcelona, Real Madrid or Manchester United.”
Perhaps Raiola just wants to add to his list of clientele, which would be a smart move on his part, but the prospect of either one of Dybala or Insigne at United does leave you wondering.