According to journalist San Antonio, Barcelona’s rather short lived operation for Gianluigi Donnarumma was actually done with an ulterior motive in mind.
Apparently, the club piled pressure on Donnarumma’s transfer in order to help his agent, Mino Raiola, in raising his agent commission from whichever club finally signs the Italian goalkeeper.
For the past few days, the 22-year-old has been linked with a transfer to several clubs. Among these clubs was Barcelona, who were ‘preparing’ an operation for the young starlet. However, it turns out that in truth, the club only did this to help his agent Raiola increase his fee in his player’s eventual transfer.
Barça’s president, Joan Laporta, is said to have a great relationship with Raiola. Therefore, their involvement in the operation for Donnarumma, with the alternative motive of helping his agent increase his commission on a transfer for the player with any other club, could have been a stroke of genius by Laporta to further improve his relations.
In doing so, Laporta was probably keen-eyed for some of Raiola’s other players in the future, hoping to further smoothen negotiations going forward.
Whether this report is reliable or not remains to be seen. However, one thing is clear; no matter the truth, PSG will have to pay a very high agent commission to Raiola, anything up to €20m according to reports, as he is notorious for commanding such fees.