Real Madrid do not want Gianluigi Donnarumma because of Barcelona and Zlatan Ibrahimovic
REAL MADRID do not want to sign Gianluigi Donnarumma because they are fearful of Mino Raiola's influence given what happened to Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Barcelona, reports claim.
Ibrahimovic swapped Inter Milan for Barcelona back in 2009 in a transfer deal that saw Samuel Eto'o head in the opposite direction.
However, despite being one of the world's best strikers and scoring 21 goals in his only season at the club, the transfer was far from a success.
The charismatic Swede clashed with Pep Guardiola and grew increasingly frustrated at the Spaniard's decision to build the team around Lionel Messi.
As a result, Ibrahimovic left the following year, joining Serie A giants AC Milan.
Meanwhile, Donnarumma looks likely to leave the Rossoneri after refusing to negotiate a new contract.
The 18-year-old has been publicly condemned for his decision with agent Raiola also in the firing line.
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Real Madrid have been heavily linked with a move after so far being thwarted in their efforts to sign Manchester United's David De Gea and Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois.
But Spanish outlet Diario Madridista claim Real are wary of a deal because of what happened with Ibrahimovic at Barcelona.
Los Blancos supposedly feel Raiola influences things behind the scenes and are not willing to do business with him as a result of the lengths he is willing to go.
The report adds that Real think his interference in the futures of Ibrahimovic and, at the time, Yaya Toure, made things difficult for Barcelona.
And they are not willing to let the super-agent determine what goes on at the Bernabeu.
Raiola, despite representing superstars around the world such as Donnarumma, Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Mario Balotelli, is an unpopular figure in football these days.
And Italian politician Matteo Salvini has sensationally labelled the 49-year-old a 'human trafficker.'
"If he [Donnarumma] doesn’t want to stay, then I wouldn’t keep him. Who is forcing him to remain?" he said.
"He was silent for a week, in the hands of that improbable agent who traffics people for millions of Euros. If you say no to me once, as far as I am concerned, it’s over.
“It’s the same in politics – if you fool me once, you won’t fool me again.”