The critical condition of the world’s most powerful player consultant shocked the football scene.
Yesterday, Italian media declared Mino Raiola (54) dead before he himself announced on Twitter that he was still alive. He was very “pissed off” about these false reports. But one thing is clear: the Italo-Dutchman is struggling with his health.
Alberto Zangrillo, head of the intensive care unit at Milan’s St. Raffaele Hospital: “I am outraged by the calls from pseudo-journalists speculating about a man fighting for his life.”
But what impact does this have on his clients?
BVB superstar Erling Haaland (21) is represented by him – and he is planning to leave in the summer. He can leave the Pott-Klub for the fixed transfer fee of 75 million euros. Man City and Real Madrid are the hottest candidates, Bayern still has outsider chances.
The mastermind behind the deal is Raiola himself. He is the chief negotiating partner, he is face to face with the most powerful bosses in the business. If he is no longer able to act, problems could arise. His nephew Vincenzo, son Marco or José Fortes Rodriguez would then have to step in in his five-person agency to finalize the transfer.
But anyone who knows Raiola knows that he is guaranteed to have taken all the necessary precautions by now. The Haaland clan visited Monaco just last Sunday. That’s where the crucial talks could have taken place.
One thing is clear: Haaland will leave BVB in the summer – with or without Raiola at his side.