Romelu Lukaku move to Manchester United leads 'super agent' Mino Raiola's eight greatest hits

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The infamous Mino Raiola has represented many of football’s finest during a career which has seen him transform from waiter at a pizza restaurant to football’s dominant agent.

Here we look at some of his greatest hits:

FRANK RIJKAARD

The Netherlands great got the ball rolling for Raiola, who helped negotiate his highly-successful move to AC Milan from Sporting Lisbon in 1988.

As an employee at Sports Promotions, he also helped Dennis Bergkamp’s move to Internazionale.

Frank Rijkaard (L)

Frank Rijkaard (L)

PAVEL NEDVED

The superlative Czech Republic winger was the first major client for Raiola after he struck out on his own.

He would take Nedved from Sparta Prague to Lazio in 1996, before €41 million (Dh127.7m) was paid by Juventus for him in 2001.

Pavel Nedved

Pavel Nedved

ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC

The client most synonymous with Raiola. The brash Sweden superstar labelled the agent a “wonderful, fat idiot” in his book.

But together they have moved for transfer fees totalling £130m (Dh615.7m) to Juve, Inter, Barcelona, Milan and Paris Saint-Germain.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

MARIO BALOTELLI

Raiola has been the biggest supporter of Italian football’s errant talent. The pair have generated plenty of headlines together in the back and front pages.

Raiola lured Balotelli by telling him they’d win three Ballon d’Ors together, words which now seem hollow.

Mario Balotelli

Mario Balotelli

HENRIKH MKHITARYAN

The quiet Armenia playmaker may not seem like a natural fit for the brazen Raiola. Yet he knew whom to hire to fight his corner.

Raiola reportedly threw a chair in frustration during discussions with Borussia Dortmund’s CEO to force a move to Manchester United.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Henrikh Mkhitaryan

PAUL POGBA

Raiola took on Manchester United’s firebrand boss Sir Alex Ferguson about a then teenage Pogba and won. The free transfer to Juve caused the Scot to explode.

Last summer’s world-record move back to United supposedly came with a €25m (Dh102.5m) fee for Raiola.

Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba

ROMELU LUKAKU

Extensive reports in England this weekend have cast a light on Raiola’s influence.

The Italian played a key role in United usurping Chelsea, warning them of talks stalling before gaining a higher cut of the £75m+ (Dh355.2m+) transfer fee.

Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku

GIANLUIGI DONNARUMMA

Raiola became public enemy number one – yet again – after the prodigious 18-year-old goalkeeper turned down a lucrative new deal at AC Milan.

A U-turn is reportedly imminent, with the seething Rossoneri refusing to deal with Raiola to secure it.

Gianluigi Donnarumma

Gianluigi Donnarumma

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Chelsea swoop for Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata, Tottenham target Man City striker Kelechi Iheanacho

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Alvaro Morata

Chelsea are preparing a move for Real Madrid forward ALVARO MORATA, according to the Guardian.

The Premier League champions are reportedly keen to get a deal done before flying to Beijing for a pre-season tour next Monday.

Any move for Morata could push DIEGO COSTA closer to the Stamford Bridge exit, with Atletico Madrid favourites for his signature.

The Mirror reports that Manchester United will renew their attempt to sign Tottenham’s ERIC DIER.

Having secured the services of striker Romelu Lukaku, Jose Mourinho is keen to bolster his defensive options and is lining up a £60million bid for the England star.

Eric Dier

Eric Dier

Meanwhile, Tottenham are looking to hijack Leicester’s pursuit of Manchester City striker KELECHI IHEANACHO, says the Sun.

The Foxes are rumoured to have matched City’s £20million valuation of the Nigerian, but Spurs, Borussia Dortmund and Monaco are also interested.

Mauricio Pochettino may look to use full-back KYLE WALKER as a makeweight in any deal.

Kelechi Iheanacho

Kelechi Iheanacho

Burnley are keen to bring Swansea midfielder JACK CORK back to Turf Moor, claims the Lancashire Evening Telegraph, but the Clarets have cooled their interest in Stoke’s GLENN WHELAN.

Jack Cork

Jack Cork

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IVAN PERISIC: Manchester United are closing in on Inter Milan’s Croatian winger, according to the Independent.

INIGO MARTINEZ: Manchester City are pursuing the Real Sociedad defender, claims Spanish newspaper Marca, although they face competition for the Spain international’s signature from Barcelona, Juventus and Inter Milan.

JAMES RODRIGUEZ: The Daily Mail reports that the Colombia forward wants his future sorted swiftly after Real Madrid offered him to clubs including Chelsea and Manchester United.

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Footage from Romelu Lukaku's first Manchester United training session

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Romelu Lukaku has hit the ground running at Manchester United, training with his new team-mates in Los Angeles within an hour of completing his big-money from Everton.

A return to former club Chelsea had looked likely for much of the summer, only for United to swoop in and gazump the Premier League champions.

Lukaku has arrived in a deal worth £75million plus add-ons, penning a five-year deal at Old Trafford with the option of a sixth.

Fellow new boy Victor Lindelof, a summer acquisition from Benfica, trained with his new team-mates at UCLA, where Luke Shaw and Ashley Young worked away from the main group as they step up their return from injury.

United’s first match of the tour comes against the LA Galaxy on Saturday, before friendlies against Real Salt Lake, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona.

The videos below see Lukaku in action on Monday.


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