The man at the centre of Manchester United's transfer business - A brief history of Mino Raiola

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Mino Raiola

Agent to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku and Gianluigi Donnarumma, Mino Raiola is one of the most powerful men in football.

While former Manchester United coach Sir Alex Ferguson might have had a rough time dealing with him and Raiola might have been investigated for transfer irregularities, he guides the careers of some of the biggest footballers in the world.

Only recently, one of his clients, Lukaku, moved from Everton to Manchester United for a £75m transfer fee.

For someone who became a millionaire at the age of 19, Raiola has made it to the very top and his story is an interesting one.

This video below from uMAXit Football‘s YouTube channel takes you through Raiola’s journey to becoming one of the richest and most powerful football agents.

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Gareth Bale

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

The Independent reports that Real Madrid’s £160million move for KYLIAN MBAPPE could see GARETH BALE sold to Manchester United.

Bale has made it known he is only interested in joining United if he leaves the Bernabeu but the move could yet be scuppered by United’s cross-city rivals after Manchester City who were reported to also be in the race to sign Mbappe.

Also in the Independent, it is reported that Manchester United remain keen on Chelsea midfielder NEMANJA MATIC. The Red Devils remain confident they can tempt Chelsea to part with the 28-year-old for a fee in excess of £40m. However, Juventus and Inter Milan are also showing interest in the Serbian playmaker.

Nemanja Matic

Nemanja Matic

Staying with Everton and they are set to join the race to sign West Ham defender JAMES COLLINS, writes The Sun. The Toffees have been active in the transfer market this summer and will face competition from Crystal Palace and Stoke City for the 33-year-old.

Collins has a year remaining on his contract with the Hammers but a fee in the region of £2m could be enough to pry him away from West Ham.

And finally, the Evening Chronicle reports that Newcastle are on the brink of completing a deal for Dortmund midfielder MIKEL MERINO.

Rafael Benitez sees the Spain Under-21 holding midfielder as an ideal partner in the middle of the park for Jonjo Shelvey. Merino is believed to be on Tyneside and putting the final touches to a move.

The Daily Mirror says that Everton boss Ronald Koeman has not finished his recruitment drive as he is still keen on adding three more players to his squad.

Koeman is keen to add a central defender, striker and Swansea midfielder GYLFI SIGURDSSON. Koeman confirmed Ross Barkley is on his way out of Goodison but he does not need to sell the England midfielder to fund the moves.

Gylfi Sigurdsson

Gylfi Sigurdsson

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PLAYERS TO WATCH

STEWART DOWNING: Birmingham are close to a deal for the veteran Middlesbrough winger, according to The Mirror.

ASHLEY FLETCHER: The Sun reports that Middlesbrough have made a £7m approach for West Ham’s 21-year-old striker.

NEYMAR: According to L’Equipe, Paris Saint-Germain are confident they can complete a £198m move for the Brazilian within the next 15 days.

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Kylian Mbappe

Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev insists no agreement has been reached with any club for the sale of Kylian Mbappe.

Real Madrid are reportedly willing to pay a world record £161million to land the 18-year-old France striker, one of the hottest properties in world football.

But speaking at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, Vasilyev said Monaco have accepted no bids and are hoping Mbappe will agree a new contract.

“I assure you that there is no agreement with a club,” Vasilyev was quoted as saying on the club’s Twitter feed.

“We are discussing a (contract) extension with Kylian. I hope that we will get there.”

Mbappe rose to prominence last season when he scored 26 goals in all competitions as Monaco won Ligue 1.

A host of top sides have been linked with the teenage star, although Press Association Sport understands Manchester City are not one of them having not bid for Mbappe.

Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy have already swapped the principality for the Etihad Stadium this summer in deals worth a combined £92million, but Mbappe will not be joining his former team-mates in Manchester.

Last week Monaco threatened to report “important” European clubs to FIFA for making contact with Mbappe without their consent.

Source: AFP

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