Newcastle target and Ajax midfielder Vurnon Anita, has recently changed his agent from the Perfect Assist agency, where Harry Lulofs was representing him, to become a new client of Mino Raiola.
Mino Raiola – known for doing deals quickly
This is what Anita’s father told Voetbal International yesterday:
“It is true that Vurnon departed at Perfect Assist. We have teamed up with Mino Raiola.”
The 23-year-old has been a Newcastle target for a while now, with the news that Newcastle have already tabled a €5M bid for the player, but that was immediately turned down by Ajax.
The very interesting thing about Raiola, who is Italian, is that he is apparently renowned for doing deals quickly, and currently is the agent of Italian striker Mario Balotelli and has represented Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic for at least twelve years, and been involved in all his transfers, including the latest move for Zlatan to new big spenders in football – PSG.
There could even be some news this week about Anita, as there were reports earlier that Newcastle had put in an improved bid for the Dutch International, who can play at full back or in central midfield, and one Dutch journalist, Vanentijn Breissen, suggested the move could even be completed by the end of this week.
Earlier there was also news that Newcastle have launched a £10M double bid to bring in Anita and his colleague at Ajax, the Dutch International right-back Gregory van der Weil, but we’re not sure if these reports are true, so it’s hard to know what’s going on with these potential deals right now.
But an agent who can do deals quickly is almost exactly what Newcastle need, as they seem to drag out deals, because the Tyneside club are simply unwilling to pay over the odds for players, like some clubs do.
And talking of paying over the odds – is Scottish International striker Steven Fletcher of Wolves worth £12M and is Welsh midfielder Joe Allen of Swansea worth £15M?
Those are the fees it’s rumored that Sunderland and Liverpool are willing to pay for those players respectively – and we got Papiss Cisse for £9M and Yohan Cabaye for just over £4M?
We like what Newcastle are doing in the transfer market, even though it gets frustrating sometimes the way the deals drag on and on.