Mino Raiola’s dream team: Football’s most controversial agent has so many stars that he could field this incredible XI, including Erling Haaland as the star striker with Paul Pogba and Marco Verratti pulling the strings in midfield!
- Mino Raiola has an extensive collection of players which he represents
- Erling Haaland and Paul Pogba are just two of the stars that are managed by him
- If all of his clients played together, it would be a formidable dream team line-up
Mino Raiola’s influence on the game is at an all-time high and the agent now boasts a client list that would, on paper, form something of a super team.
Raiola is being kept busy with the future of one client, Erling Haaland, and the agent was seen in Barcelona, and later Madrid, holding meetings with clubs about the Norwegian.
Then there is Paul Pogba and Gianluigi Donnarumma, two more players with unpredictable futures.
But what if his clients all played together, how would it look? Sportsmail maps out Raiola’s dream team in a 3-4-3 formation…
Paul Pogba (left) is one of a number of high-level players in Europe represented by Mino Raiola
Raiola could put a thrilling team together if he was to only use players that he takes care of
Club: AC Milan
The Milan goalkeeper is the best player in Roberto Mancini’s Italy team and will be a key protagonist in the European Championship finals this summer.
His contract expires in June and discussions will continue until the end of the season.
It remains unclear if the goalkeeper will stay at Milan – so far offers of an extension have been unsuccessful and so his agent is ready to hear the best offers from elsewhere.
After Gianluigi Buffon, the future of Italian football is in his hands and the Milan captain’s armband may not guarantee he stays put at the San Siro.
Raiola has received several offers and the most important is that of Juventus, with the defending Serie A champions willing to reach up to €8million (£6.8m) in a salary package.
Lots of moving parts with a big Raiola client very much on the market.
Gianluigi Donnarumma is out of contract at AC Milan this summer and Raiola is shopping him
CB – Kostas Manolas
The Greek defender is experiencing an uninspiring season due to numerous muscle injuries but his future is fixed: he will remain at Napoli again next season with or without Gennaro Gattuso on the bench.
Manolas will most likely have to carry forward Kalidou Koulibaly’s legacy, with the Senegalese potentially being sold overseas at the end of the season, with Manchester City and Liverpool keen to buy him.
After so many years thriving in Rome, Manolas in Naples is still to ignite.
CB – Matthijs de Ligt
The Dutch defender has a €150m (£128m) release clause valid from July but his future seems to be more and more secure at Juventus by the day.
President Agnelli wants De Ligt to be the future captain and the plan is to build the Juventus of the future around him.
In Turin he is one of the highest-paid players, has bonded with team-mate Federico Chiesa and has become besotted by life in Italy.
He loves the hills, the walks along the banks of the Po and above all he loves the language, which he learned in 12 months with his girlfriend Annekee.
De Ligt’s contract expires in three years and Juventus plan to discuss a renewal of that deal as soon as possible, with responsibility for the young defender expected to soar when he inherits the captain’s armband from Leonardo Bonucci.
In an interview released on Repubblica, Annekee told of the young couple’s love for Turin, the city in which they officially started living together for the first time.
‘Matthijs and I were conquered by Turin and the hills of the Langhe,’ she said. ‘We were welcomed with open arms, the only thing I don’t like is the traffic in the city’.
Given how settled he is, don’t expect Raiola to be shopping him round any time soon.
There are hopes from Raiola’s side that Matthijs de Ligt can become a future Juventus captain
CB – Stefan De Vrij
Club: Inter Milan
De Vrij is one of Inter’s most important players and has appeared reborn under Antonio Conte.
Of all the players managed by Raiola he is undoubtedly the most loyal.
The Dutchman hardly changes team and the farewell to Lazio in 2018 came about due to the long relationship established between the Roman side and Inter.
He has become the leader of the three-man defence implemented by Conte.
His particular way of being on the pitch is very reminiscent of Bonucci and the Italian coach has chosen him to guide the rest of the defence. Arriving at Inter on a free, De Vrij has gone on to become one of the best in Europe.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Dutchman has a value of €50m (£43m) – but for Conte he is irreplaceable.
RM – Alessio Romagnoli
Club: AC Milan
A team-mate of Donnarumma, the Milan defender is out of contract in 2022 and with the player and Milan at odds over a renewal, it appears the Serie A side is looking for solutions in the transfer market.
With the loan signing of Fikayo Tomori in January it felt like a ‘sliding doors’ moment involving the Italian defender and the on-loan Chelsea star, who in a few weeks became central to boss Stefano Pioli’s plans with Danish defender Simon Kjaer.
According to ‘Gazzetta dello Sport’ Romagnoli is courted by Barcelona, who could decide to buy him at the end of this season, taking advantage of the next expiry of his contract.
Alessio Romagnoli’s future at AC Milan looked uncertain after Fikayo Tomori joined on loan
CM – Ryan Gravenberch
The Dutch midfielder is a real gem emerging and is viewed as a potential heir to Paul Pogba.
Juventus had long been betting on acquiring Gravenberch in May, but Ajax are asking for €50m (£43.5m) for him and so striking a deal is tricky.
According to ‘Tuttosport’, excellent relations between Raiola, the player’s agent, and Juventus chief Pavel Nedved is vital to any negotiations for the Dutch midfielder.
In an interview with the official Ajax magazine, Gravenberch talked about his future, saying: ‘If I have to think about 10 things at once, I will have difficulty. I consciously choose to remain calm, I like an atmosphere around me.
‘I know that sometimes I have need to be rocked, to get a kick in the a**. This is an aspect of my game that I clearly need to improve.’
Gravenberch is a physically powerful central midfielder who shares many similarities with Frank Rijkaard.
CM – Marco Verratti
The Italian midfielder is not among Raiola’s talent based in Serie A but has been the midfield leader of Paris Saint-Germain for many years and would be a fine addition to this super-team.
He began his youth career in Manoppello and in 2006 he became a Pescara player where he made his debut in the first team in Serie B at the age of 15.
In the summer of 2012 he was at the centre of widespread interest from across Europe before PSG secured the deal for him.
Raiola is unlikely to let him leave Paris, the club where he is destined to become one of the most successful players in their history.
In the national team he is one of the most experienced players despite the fact that he has not yet turned 30. It is also difficult to imagine a future far from Paris, the city in which he has become a leader and a point of reference for the club.
Marco Verratti is a squad leader at Paris Saint-Germain and is unlikely to be moved by Raiola
LM – Paul Pogba
Club: Manchester United
The big question on lots of lips: what next for Pogba?
He is the player most loved by Juventus fans and president Andrea Agnelli and sporting director Fabio Paratici want to bring him back to Turin for a second spell; they want him to turn them back into champions.
Paratici’s next step is to try to bring Pogba back to Turin. The Frenchman is out of contract at Manchester United in 2022 and with no assurances on signing a new deal, United will be reluctant to lose him to Juventus on a free for a second time.
His farewell to Juventus never felt concrete and the United No 6 is, according to Raiola in December last year, unhappy and wanting a change.
Juventus is always the club capable of regenerating wasted and disengaged players. Since the 1990s the Italian club has always lifted returning players from very negative periods, as happened to Edgar Davids, who was dismissed from Milan.
The main problem that even Raiola is aware of is related to the salary of the player. In Turin he would not be able to have a salary of €15m (£12.7m).
LF – Hirving Lozano
After 12 months spent in the shadows, the Mexican has become one of the best attacking midfielders in Serie A and is a candidate to become the future focal point for Raiola.
Raiola has always believed in the skills of the Mexican since the days of PSV Eindhoven and now he is starting to show it in Naples.
After his first season at Napoli, which proved a big disappointment, Lozano has become fundamental.
Raiola has already received interest in Lozano but it remains unclear if he is to be moved.
The Spanish press reports an interest from Atletico Madrid but also from the Premier League given Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti’s great esteem for him.
Much will depend on Gattuso’s future and on a possible access to the Champions League that could convince the Mexican to stay another 12 months at Napoli.
Hirving Lozano (left) started slowly at Napoli but is now starting to rediscover his form of old
RF – Moise Kean
Club: Everton (on loan at PSG)
Kean’s greatest temptation is to return to Italy with Juventus, taking back what Maurizio Sarri took from him by authorising the sale to Everton.
According to ‘Tuttosport’, if the Bianconeri decide to bet on Kean as a partner of Cristiano Ronaldo, Raiola, who has been on excellent terms with the Italian champions for years, will decide the player’s future.
The report adds that the most viable way to reach an agreement with Everton would be a cash payment of around €40m (£34m), because this is the valuation of the English club.
The Juventus attack needs to undergo many changes this summer and the return of Kean would represent a sign of continuity with the past, despite the two years the young striker born in Vercelli, a city near Turin, has been away.
Ronaldo still has one year on his contract and will soon reveal his future but at the moment there is a lot of optimism about his choice to stay in Turin. For this reason Paulo Dybala is the closest to an exit as he also is on an expiring contract in 2022 and has not yet renewed.
ST – Erling Haaland
Club: Borussia Dortmund
Together with Kylian Mbappe, he is surely the best striker in Europe under 25.
The young forward of Borussia Dortmund is the greatest player today managed by Raiola and his future is linked to the offers that will come for him from the German club.
Haaland has a very special release clause. For internal politics, Dortmund have long decided not to accept clauses in the contracts of their players. But, according to ‘Bild’, the German club made an exception for Haaland by establishing a clause of €75m (£64m) for all clubs outside the Bundesliga.
For Haaland, even Borussia Dortmund’s hierarchy have realised that very soon the player will leave Germany to try to become the leader of the attack of a top English, Spanish or Italian club.
Raiola gloats that very soon Haaland will become the best No 9 in the world.
Norwegian striker Erling Haaland is on a trajectory to become the best No 9 in the world
How Raiola’s dream team would line up in an attacking 3-4-3 formation
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