Mino Raiola looking to exploit Man United relationship for Mario Balotelli move – report

by Leo Nieboer

Mino Raiola is keen to exploit his relationship with Manchester United in order to convince the club to sign his client Mario Balotelli, according to reports.

Raiola represents Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, he also played a key role in overseeing their moves to Old Trafford this summer.

The Italian made a reported €25m after presiding over Pogba’s world record move from Juventus to Man United, forming a strong relationship with Ed Woodward and Co in the process.

As the transfer window nears its end, Raiola, according to Football Italia, is looking to take advantage of this relationship in order to engineer a move to Old Trafford for Balotelli.

Of all the players in the world, Balotelli probably sits at the bottom of fans’ lists when it comes to potential reinforcements. The Liverpool striker, currently on loan at AC Milan, has never managed to impose himself in the Premier League. His ‘bad boy’ attitude and unique playing style has certainly attracted media attention, but the Italian has failed to make any notable headlines on the pitch since Euro 2012.

With the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney already serving as liable options up front, there is little demand for a new striker, and even less demand for someone who seems to raise tension wherever he goes.

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