Man Utd, Arsenal and Man City have transfer problem – it’s down to Mino Raiola | Football | Sport

The three Premier League giants have all watched Dutch defender Matthijs De Ligt, who has been hailed as the next Virgil van Dijk.

De Ligt is already captain of Ajax, who face Real Madrid in the Champions League this week, and he partners Van Dijk while playing for Holland.

However, he has decided to link up with super-agent Mino Raiola and the Mirror report that’s proving a problem for Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City.

The belief in Holland is that English clubs are just too reluctant to do business with Raiola given their previous bad experiences.

In 2011, Pep Guardiola fell out with Raiola when Zlatan Ibrahimovic – who was one of the super agent’s players – quit Barcelona.

Their relationship sunk to new lows last year when Raiola branded the City boss “a coward and a dog”. The Spaniard then mocked the agent for publicly revealing he had asked if City were interested in signing Paul Pogba from rivals United.

As for the other side of Manchester, Old Trafford bosses are said to be wary of dealing with Raiola for similar reasons.

Ed Woodward and Raiola had enjoyed a close relationship until they discovered he had been touting Pogba to Europe’s top clubs after falling out with Jose Mourinho.

While Arsenal found Raiola hard to work with when Henrikh Mkhitaryan moved to the Emirates as a makeweight in the deal that took Alexis Sanchez to United.

De Ligt, 19, is valued at around £50million and hewill be allowed to follow his pal Frenkie De Jong out of the Amsterdam Arena in the summer.

But the Mirror are reporting only two clubs have contacted Ajax to make their interest official – Juventus and PSG.

De Ligt will bank a mega pay-rise for whoever he signs for this summer.

The Dutchman is currently on a £30,000 a week deal which will go through the roof when he leaves the Eredivise.

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