Mino Raiola's three-month ban extended worldwide by FIFA

FIFA ban De Ligt's agent Raiola until August

FIFA ban De Ligt's agent Raiola until August

'The decision of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee was notified today and takes immediate effect'.

As was reported by MARCA on Thursday, De Ligt's move to Barcelona was only being held up by the agent's involvement, so this news will surely leave the Blaugrana relieved.

Manchester United's star midfielder Paul Pogba was looking well-set for a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid in the summer, but it appears that a transfer deal will not take place soon, as his agent Mino Raiola has been given a worldwide transfer ban by Federation Internationale de Football Association.

Their statement reads: "The Sports Procurators Commission, any other exception, deduction and defence rejected, condemns Mr Carmine [Mino] Raiola and Mr Vincenzo Raiola, on his own behalf and as legal representatives of the companies they represent to sanction of the suspension from the exercise of the activity of sports attorney to the extent, respectively: with regard to Mr".

And that means United are now likely to keep Pogba and Lukaku until at least January 2020. In fact, the Italian-born Dutch football agent earned £41million for facilitating the midfielder's move from Juventus to Manchester United in 2016.

He represents various other high-profile players including Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ajax starlet Matthijs de Ligt.

Arsenal, too, will feel the impact of the ban with Raiola serving as Henrikh Mkhitaryan's agent. The Italian has scored eight goals for the Ligue 1 outfit but could find himself stuck in a dilemma regarding his next move.

"The Italian ban is not a surprise unfortunately", Raiola said according to BBC.

The Italian Federation did not give the reasons for the ban but Raiola said it was a sentence "based on false grounds and lies". "Law and justice however must prevail in any civil and correct system and I hope that my position will be remitted within the right lines in the coming steps of history".

"I guess the FIGC has not forgiven my criticism of the role it's played in the disastrous state of Italian football, as well as its role in the problems of racism".