Agent Mino Raiola tried to take winger Allan Saint-Maximin to AC Milan before he signed for Newcastle United, according to the player’s mother.
Milan were linked with a number of forward targets before the summer window, including the likes of Serge Gnabry, Everton, Memphis Depay, Federico Chiesa and Steven Bergwijn.
However, one name who has constantly cropped up is that of Saint-Maximin, and in May it was claimed that talks were ongoing over a possible summer deal.
In the end though it was Newcastle who signed Saint-Maximin from Ligue 1 side Nice for a fee of around £16.5m (€20m), and the dynamic wide man has at times looked like their biggest attacking threat.
The 22-year-old is currently represented by his brother Kurtys, and now his mother Nadege has revealed some background about Mino Raiola’s attempts to try and get Allan as a client, and to manufacture a move to the Rossoneri.
“We have had many agents who have tried to tie down Allan,” Nadege told The Athletic.
“Mino Raiola has approached him on a few occasions and he tried to take him to AC Milan last year.
“Previous coaches have tried to get him to sign to their agents as well. But Kurtys knows what Allan wants; it’s not about money, it’s about football. When Allan moves somewhere, it’s to play.”