Revealed: What Mino Raiola's transfer ban could mean for Paul Pogba and 6 other superstars

By Mirror: Saturday, May 11th 2019 at 18:37 GMT +3 | Football
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Mino Raiola has been at the centre of some of the biggest transfers in recent years - from Paul Pogba's switch to Manchester United to Zlatan Ibrahimovic's move Stateside, the super-agent has had some influence.

But the Italian-born Dutchman won't be able to have any influence on any deals in the first month of this summer's window due to a worldwide transfer ban.

Raiola was originally slapped with a three-month suspension in Italy before FIFA decided to extend the ban across the globe - although the reasons are still unknown, although reportedly linked with Gianluca Scamacca's 2015 move from Roma to PSV.

FIFA's statement read: "The Chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has today decided to extend the sanctions imposed by the Italian Football Association (FIGC) on the intermediaries Carmine and Vincenzo Raiola to have worldwide effect.

"Carmine Raiola is suspended for a period of three months and Vincenzo Raiola for a period of two months.

"The decision of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee was notified today and takes immediate effect.

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"For further information concerning the grounds of the sanction please contact FIGC."

The ban could have disastrous consequences for a number of the players that Raiola represents.

Mino Raiola has been banned from transfer dealings worldwide. [Courtesy]

According to Transfermarkt, Raiola has 68 players on his books along with former Tottenham manager Martin Jol, and plenty of them will be on the hunt for life changing switches over the next couple of months.

Maybe the likes of Bartosz Salamon and Vincenzo Tommasone won't be commanding column inches big money deals from Real Madrid or Barcelona but the following seven aces could be left frustrated by the agent.

The main name when Raiola is mentioned is Pogba.

The Frenchman is his No.1 client and uses that notoriety to his advantage when attempting to find the optimum conditions for any swoop.

Last summer Raiola attempted to manipulate a transfer to Barca on the back of Pogba's incredible World Cup - this year Real are in the sight-lines.

Real boss Zinedine Zidane has been openly flirting with Pogba with United slapping a £160million price tag on their prized possession.

But that potential transfer could crumble without Raiola's influence.

Pogba's move to Real could be on the rocks. [Courtesy]

Another likely saga this summer is the future of wonder kid Matthijs de Ligt - whose stock has gone through the roof due to Ajax's Champions League heroics.

United, Barcelona and Juventus are all reportedly chasing the centre backs signature, with a Premier League or La Liga link up his preferred option.

The Red Devils could be in the search for a new keeper if they decide to ditch David de Gea, who has made a series of gaffes this season.

Gianluigi Donnarumma would likely be high on United's wish list and the Juventus man is another of Raonic's players.

United would again be hit by the ban if they were to re-new their interest in centre-back Kostas Manolas.

Manolas, who is also wanted by Juve and Arsenal, has starred for Roma's defence.

Talking of the Gunners, Henrikh Mkhitaryan is reportedly on Unai Emery' list to offload this summer, but that move wouldn't be able to go through quickly without Raiola.

Two Italians, Marco Verrati and Mario Balotelli, are always on the look for moves.

PSG midfielder Verratti is constantly linked away from the Parc des Princes, while Balotelli could eye up another big money transfer after impressing for Marseilles - having arrived in January.

Whatever happens, the lack of Raiola in the early stages of the summer could mean hundreds of millions of pounds sat in bank accounts and a quiet start in the rumour mills.

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