Liverpool have reportedly made contact with notorious super-agent Mino Raiola – and the player in question will come as a little bit of surprise.
According to FC Inter News, an affiliate of TuttoMercatoWeb, Liverpool asked Raiola for more information on Inter Milan defender Stefan de Vrij.
Raiola is arguably the biggest footballing agent in the world and has a whole host of world-renowned clients such as Erling Haaland, Paul Pogba and Matthijs de Ligt.
As it happened, De Vrij was the player Liverpool reportedly wanted to learn more about. It didn’t get anywhere, though, as the Dutchman is on the verge of signing a new contract.
The 28-year-old is set to commit himself to Internazionale, as per reports. Now he’s set to be the club’s third-highest earner on around £90k-a-week – behind only Romelu Lukaku and Christian Eriksen.
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What is most striking about these particular reports is that De Vrij is the last of Raiola’s clients you’d expect Liverpool to be associated with.
The Dutchman doesn’t exactly fit the profile of a typical Jurgen Klopp target as De Vrij is relatively the same age to that of both Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip. He doesn’t solve the club’s long-term purpsoses.
It could be considered smart for Liverpool to bring in an experienced and reliable solution – for a cheap price, come January. However, the Reds aren’t prone to knee jerk reactions in the market and instead prefer to look at internal solutions.
Also, for Liverpool to risk being regularly involved with Raiolo for a defender approaching the twilight period of his career seems a little strange.
Manchester United have showcased the other problem Liverpool could face with De Vrij – Raiola. The agent has become increasingly powerful, something that created problems with another client, Paul Pogba.
Just talk to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The United boss made a pretty telling statement when it came to why the club backed out of a deal for Haaland a year ago.
Speaking with the Mail Online, he said: “There are other things too when you sign players, that you have to keep in control. You can’t give agents the control by giving buyout clauses and stuff.”
It seems such comments from Solskjaer were vindicated this week after the drama surrounding Raiola and his client Pogba.
Raiola told Tuttosport he is pushing for the Frenchman to leave the club this January.
His comments took place on the eve of United’s do-or-die Champions League bout with RB Leipzig. A huge distraction that could be contributed to a defeat that cost them a place in the last-16.
Such a preventable series of events are exactly why Liverpool could be put off for a move as such toxic behaviour from an agent is exactly the kind of footballing fiasco’s the club tend to avoid.
It perfectly reflects the dangers that come with working with such a powering footballing figure such as Raiola.
Such a gamble from Liverpool’s behalf could be considered worthwhile if it meant securing the services of a generational talent such as Haaland, but in De Vrij’s case, the negatives outweigh the positives.
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