Mino Raiola, Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s agent, is now reportedly the biggest factor in the Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United deal. So who is Mino Raiola and how has he become more powerful than Manchester United in this deal?
Alex Ferguson was never a fan of super agent Mino Raiola and blamed him for the loss of Paul Pogba to Juventus, but in recent years Manchester United have been more than happy to feed Raiola’s ego in return for the likes of Pogba, Zlatan, Mkhitaryan and Lukaku.
In the case of Mkhitaryan, it now looks like Raiola could be come the obstacle Sir Alex always said he was….
Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United is a deal that’s been limping on all week and the latest suggestion is that Mino Raiola is the man holding it up. Sanchez and United agreed their part of the deal last weekend, with full details of his wage and signing on fee leaked on Wednesday. However, a deal cannot be achieved until Manchester United and Arsenal agree on the fee, and with Arsenal wanting a player, Mkhitaryan, instead of cash, this is where Raiola comes in and wields his power.
So much power that it’s now being suggested by those close to the deal that it’s up to Raiola if Mkhitaryan goes to Arsenal or not. If Raiola decides it’s good for his client, it will happen. If he doesn’t like the deal it won’t. What that means for Sanchez and United remains to be seen. But it’s another example of the power agents now hold in football and it doesn’t take much guesswork to predict that the biggest factor in whether this deal will go ahead or not will be money.
With Mkhitaryan and Raiola guaranteed to make more money from this deal than they would if he stayed at United on his current contract, or returned to Dortmund who don’t have the financial pull of Arsenal, it’s pretty certain Mkhitaryan will move to Arsenal. But not until Raiola is happy that the slice of the pie he and his client get are to his liking and size.