Serie A giants missed chance to sign 22-year-old Newcastle attacker

Nice's French midfielder Allan Saint-Maximin celebrates opening the scoring during the French L1 football match Nice (OGCN) vs Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) on March 18, 2018 at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice. / AFP PHOTO / Valery HACHE (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

Agent Mino Raiola tried to take forward Allan Saint-Maximin to AC Milan before he signed for the Magpies, according to the footballer’s mother. Rossoneri were linked with several attackers targets before the summer window, including the likes of Serge Gnabry, Everton Soares, Memphis Depay, Federico Chiesa and Steven Bergwijn.

However, one name who has continuously cropped up is that of Allan, and in May it was claimed that talks were ongoing over a possible summer deal. In the end, though it was Magpies who signed Saint-Maximin from Ligue 1 side Nice for a fee of nearly £17m, and the dynamic wide man has at times looked like their biggest attacking threat.

The 22-year-old winger is currently represented by his brother Kurtis, and now his mother Nadege has revealed some background about Mino Raiola’s attempts to try and get the Frenchman 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 Rossoneri last year.

“Previous managers have tried to get him to add to their agents as well. But Kurtis knows what Allan wants; it’s not about money, it’s about football. When Allan moves somewhere, it’s to play.”