Mino Raiola has made quite a name for himself this summer.
The super agent oversaw deals for his biggest clients in the transfer window, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, Mario Balotelli and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Of course, he pocketed a cool £20 million from Pogba’s move to Manchester United from Juventus. Business is well and truly booming for Raiola.
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United paid Juventus a world-record fee of £89m for the Frenchman, who they allowed to leave Old Trafford in 2012, surpassing the £86m fee Real Madrid paid for Gareth Bale three years ago.
It was an incredible sum, and reflective of the amount of money in modern football. The new Premier League TV deal, worth more than £5 billion, kicked in this season, hence the reason English top-flight clubs spent more than £1bn in the summer transfer window.
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Pogba was expected to become football’s first £100m player but Juventus eventually settled for £11m less than the nine-figure fee.
However, with money being invested into football from all around the world, it surely won’t be too long before we see a club pay £200m for one player.
First £200m player
Raiola thinks it will happen within three or four years.
The former pizza chef also reckons it will be a Brazilian player who breaks the £200m barrier. All eyes, then, on Santos starlet Gabigol.
Speaking to TalkSport, Raiola said: “How the economy is evolving, especially in the Premier League, we will not be far away - within three or four years - from a £200m deal.
“I even think that maybe within two or three years that can happen.
“They will probably be Brazilian, because they add something special. A wonder child like the new Neymar or the new Messi for sure will make £200m.”
It’s a truly crazy thought, and some that many will doubt possible. But then again, the record fee from 15 years ago - £46.6m, the price Real Madrid paid Juventus for Zinedine Zidane - has been nearly doubled this year.
While United broke the bank to sign Pogba, they didn’t spent a penny on Ibrahimovic. The Swede’s contract at Paris Saint-Germain was up and so the Red Devils pounced.
Orchestrating those two deals, as well as Balotelli to Nice and Mkhitaryan to United, has put Raiola on the same pedestal as Jorge Mendes, who represents Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo.