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Major football agent Mino Raiola dies aged 54, according to reports


Major football agent Mino Raiola dies aged 54, according to reports

Prominent football agent Mino Raiola has passed away aged 54, according to reports in Italy.

The Italian, who represented some of the biggest names in football, began his career as a football agent in the 1990s before going independent and putting himself firmly on the map with the acquisition of Ballon D’or winner Pavel Nedved, nine years before he won the precious accolade.

Raiola had some of the most prominent footballers due to move this summer on his books, including Erling Haaland, Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku, and was known for being a tough operator that clubs at times found difficult to deal with.

In previous years, he negotiated some of the biggest deals in world football and was regarded alongside Jorge Mendes as one of the ‘super agents’ of the game, making a significant commission off every transfer made.

Biggest transfers set up by Raiola

While not involved in the biggest transfers in world football, there have certainly been plenty of big deals set up by Raiola. These included:

Paul Pogba, Juventus to Manchester United, £90m

Romelu Lukaku, Everton to Manchester United, £75m

Mattjis De Ligt, Ajax to Juventus, £75m

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Inter Milan to Barcelona, £45m

These were expected to be eclipsed this summer, with a deal reported to have been struck between the agent and Manchester City for the transfer of Erling Haaland, while Paul Pogba is set to be looking for a new club as a free agent, and Raiola pair Ryan Gravenberch and Nasser Mazrouai were set to join Bayern Munich as part of a package deal.

It is unclear just how these deals will proceed without the influential man, or what will happen to his empire of players.

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