Erling Haaland’s representative Mino Raiola has made it clear that he doesn’t have a good relationship with Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.
The bad feeling goes back to Guardiola’s treatment of Raiola’s client Zlatan Ibrahimovic during their time together at Barcelona and it seems the ill-feeling has not dissipated over the years:
“As for Mr Guardiola, I’ve closed the book already a long time ago. Everybody knows what I think of him personally and he can say what he thinks for me personally. For the rest, I think he’s a great trainer. And that’s how it is. I will not shut up for anybody. I’ll give my opinion, I think that it is my right.”
Raiola will play a key role in Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland‘s future and his dislike of Guardiola may well make negotiations between City and the agent difficult.
With that being the case, Manchester United and Chelsea could have an advantage in the battle for Haaland’s signature. The Red Devils also have a chequered past with Raiola, having refused to meet the agent’s demands when they originally tried to sign Haaland at Red Bull Salzburg.
However, that incident is not likely to put them off from making another attempt to snap up the Norwegian international this summer. It will be interesting to see how things play out.