Super-agent Mino Raiola has insisted that he ‘doesn’t give a f***’ if he does not do business with Manchester United this summer.
The 53-year-old Italian represents some of the biggest players in the world, among them Erling Haaland, Matthijs de Ligt and Marco Verratti.
He also has Paul Pogba as a client, and has numerous times risked the wrath of United with comments to the media about the Frenchman’s future.
This leaves United with a dilemma, as it is believed Dortmund star Haaland is one of the players top of their wish-list for the summer, but signing the Norwegian forward would mean having to deal with Raiola again.
However, speaking in an interview with The Athletic Raiola made his thoughts on the matter crystal clear.
“I don’t give a f*** if I never do another player with Manchester United. I’m not in their hands,” Raiola said.
“I’m independent. We have only one party that we take care of: our players. And as long as our players like us, you do what you have to do.”
Haaland has become one of the most sought-after players in Europe following his stunning displays for Dortmund, who he joined from RB Salzburg last year.
At that time United were also chasing after the player, but eventually missed out to the Bundesliga club.
And Raiola admitted that they “got it wrong” with regards to the 20-year-old.
“With Haaland, everybody was wrong, he added. “He did things much quicker than everybody imagined.
“Haaland is in front of his own development. He is ahead of his own schedule. Maybe I was too careful when I said, ‘Oh no, let’s move to Dortmund instead of I-don’t-know-where’.
“This boy — I’m 100 per cent convinced and everybody’s convinced — can move to any club, wherever he wants, already on this level.
“And he could have done that last year. But maybe last year there were still teams (saying), ‘Oh, he was in Red Bull, can he do it in another club?’.
“He is quicker than his own prediction. So yeah, Haaland is the talk of the town.”