There is an interesting story coming out of Italy today…
Tutto Mercato Web, admittedly not the greatest source when it comes to reliability, claim that Jurgen Klopp has met with notorious super-agent Mino Raiola about two potential Liverpool transfer targets.
The names mentioned are Gianluigi Donnarumma of AC Milan and Justin Kluivert of Ajax.
The report says that no formal bids for either have been made, but Klopp made his interest in both of Raiola’s prodigal clients known…
Now, if this meeting did take place, it would mean that Raiola and Klopp have sorted out their differences which first developed in 2016, when the agent was furious Liverpool’s manager would not select Mario Balotelli in any friendlies or even let him train with the first-team.
“Klopp acted like a piece of s*** towards him and he can’t deny he made Mario an outcast. I had experience with Klopp at Dortmund. He can’t tell people that he treated Mario like a human being at Liverpool,” he said at the time, reported in the Echo.
Raiola loves making enormous money from his players and constantly encourages them to switch clubs.
It’s no surprise Klopp has so little time for him, and before a Champions League Final, we’d honestly be surprised if this so-called meeting actually took place.
In terms of Kluivert and Donnarumma, we’d take both in a heartbeat. The pair could quite possibly become two of the best players in the world in their respective positions – but Raiola is a hindrance to our chances – not a benefit.