Mino Raiola, the Italian ‘super agent’ of football stars such as Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, is said to be ‘very ill’ after reports of his death were denied.
Raiola is the agent of Everton striker Moise Kean, currently on loan at Juventus, as had worked with Mario Balotelli, whose transfer to Liverpool he brokered in 2014.
It was recently reported in Germany that Raiola had been in intensive care for a lung condition not linked to COVID, before initial reports emerged from Italian TV station Tg La7 that he’d passed away on Thursday.
It was later reported in various outlets that Raiola was ‘very very ill’ but had not died.
And a tweet on the agent’s official Twitter account was posted at 1.41pm, which said: “Current health status for the ones wondering: p***** off second time in 4 months they kill me. Seem also able to ressuscitate.”
Raiola was born in Italy in 1967 before spending much of his youth in the Netherlands. He made his name working on transfers for players such as Dennis Bergkamp and Pavel Nedved, establishing himself as one of football’s most high profile intermediaries.
Other high profile clients include Erling Haaland, Romelu Lukaku and Gianluigi Donnarumma.