It is suspected that Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard has split business with super-agent Mino Raiola and will now be represented by family and close associates going forward.
In January 2020, Lingard only associated himself with Raiola and it was thought that the partnership could eventually pave the way during the summer for the homegrown player to leave Old Trafford.
90min revealed at the time that when he heard United were considering offering him to Leicester in part-exchange for James Maddison, Lingard’s decision to work with Raiola was initially sparked.
No bid was ever made for Maddison, but Lingard found out about the situation and became angry. He trusted Paul Pogba, a close friend, who talked to Raiola and put the two in contact.
But now ESPN has disclosed that the working relationship has come to an end. The decision is said to have been mutual and Lingard and Raiola are said to remain on good terms. The 27-year-old, instead, will not have a traditional ‘agent’ and will surround himself with close friends and family.
Raiola has a reputation as a relocation fixer, but he was always keen to stay at the club despite Lingard falling out of favor under United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
There was talk of Tottenham’s involvement, which would have meant a summer reunion with former boss Jose Mourinho or a possible move to Serie A, a sector that Raiola knows very well. Yet neither Lingard nor United had ever been in a situation where it was going to force a transfer.
If he didn’t want to go, United never intended to drive Lingard toward the door and that’s how the situation stayed as last month the transfer window came to a close.