It’s hard to tell when Mino Raiola actually means something, and when he’s just blowing hot air. There’s even an Aesop’s Fable for it, called ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’.
The latest from the super-agent is that he will do whatever he can during the January transfer window to get France midfielder Blaise Matuidi from Paris St. Germain to Juventus. Raiola told La Gazzetta dello Sport recently -
"In January, if I get the opportunity, I will do everything possible to take Matuidi to Juventus."
Remember, Matuidi was reportedly on his way to Juventus as Paul Pogba’s replacement over the summer after the Bianconeri reportedly made a bid. Then there were concerns that Juve would overpay for the midfielder with a €30 million bid. Finally was the inevitable letdown when PSG quashed the move despite the player wanting to switch.
PSG’s Director of Football Patrick Kluivert has expressed his satisfaction with his current squad despite a poor start to a lopsided French League, so their stance has not changed with regards to the player exiting.
Juventus will definitely have to offload a midfielder or three though if they were to add Matuidi in January, with Witsel reportedly also on the way.
Again, we could be reading too much into an innocuous statement by a chatterbox agent.