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Pre Season is over we have qualified for the Europa League and have 3 points in the bag after a convincing win over Pescara. The Serie A season has arrived and the mercato is finally closed. It’s time for optimism and controversy to guide us through the season.
Back in December I wrote an article called Sitting on the Fence. I talked about the issues with the clubs dealings in the mercato, managerial appointments, the intention of Moratti and where he was planning to take our great club. I said I was going to remain sitting on the fence until the 31st August 2012. The article was written at a time when people where perhaps being a little short-sighted. After a couple of bad seasons people were calling for Moratti’s head. If you have been an Inter fan long enough you know the last couple years are nothing on what it use to be like.
So the 31st of August has passed. It’s time to remove myself from my comfortable place on the fence and make a decision. It’s an easy one, I’m siding with Moratti and his plans. In the December article I was talking about the need for a plan, for the structure of the club from top to bottom and to take some steps for future income. For the first time since Mourinho’s time at Inter, I see clear ideas, I see the direction of were our great club wants to be. I like to think Moratti has learnt from his mistakes made over the years and this summer may be another step in showing this. Moratti has taken this club to the highest point since the 60’s, we may have fallen rapidly since 2010 but now Moratti is building not just a team but a club capable of repeating that great achievement in the years to come and staying there.
So Year Zero has arrived.
It was approaching half time in a thrilling Derby Della Madoninna and Inter were leading their cross town rivals AC Milan 1-0 in front of a Stadio Giuseppe Meazza full of cheering Interista, when Kevin-Prince Boateng was allegedly taken down in the box by the on rushing Julio Cesar, the Nerazzurri goalkeeper received an unjust yellow card on his 300th appearance as replays showed that he reached the ball first.
Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic stepped up to take the awarded penalty but Julio Cesar was in no rush to let him take it, taking a slow drink of water before strolling over to the Swede trying to psyche him out and getting right up into the ex-Inter striker’s face then walking slowly backwards to his goal line sticking his tongue out like he was performing the New Zealand rugby team’s Haka.
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When Giampaolo Pazzini signed for Inter in January 2011 he was in the middle of a storming season that saw him scoring a fantastic 12 goals in 25 appearences while partnering Antonio Cassano at Sampdoria. After joining the Nerazzurri his form continued and by scoring an additional 11 goals in 20 appearances he was one of the best players in Leonardo’s Inter squad that managed to salvage second place from what started as a bad season under Rafa Benitez. What more could you want from a striker? Many even tipped him to become one of the top goalscorers in Serie A in the following season.
After a terrible campaign last season that not only saw Inter finish the season trophyless, but also saw the team finish in sixth position, it’s lowest league position in many years, the Inter management towards the end of last season showed signs of wanting to start a long-term project with the appointment of Andrea Stramaccioni, a young and talented coach who had recently won the Next Gen series and had also done some good work with the Inter Primavera. Stramaccioni was also the guy who guided the team to a sixth place finish in the league which qualified them for next season’s Europa League.
Now to the real reason for this writeup, Inter and the transfer market. Since the appointment of Stramaccioni, Inter’s targets in the transfer market have been somewhat defined clearly and the coach has been carried along by the management during transfer operations. For those that have been following Strama from the Primavera, it is clear that he favours the 4-2-3-1 formation mostly but switches to the 4-3-3 and 4-3-2-1 as the need may be, he likes his teams to attack and also keep possession of the ball and it is clear that it is with this formation in mind that the transfer market men would base their targets on.
Another important factor that should also be considered is finances. The team is low on finances especially for transfers and it is no secret that our president, Massimo Moratti has stated that the team needs to sell before purchases can be made. This means that players with high market values and the high earners in the team are going to make way for cheaper options. So many names ranging from Handanovic to Leandro Damiao have been mentioned by the media as possible targets for the club but I am not going to dwell on that, in this piece I’ll focus on the players that I believe are suitable for the team on the field and off the field (financially).
Albano Guaraldi, Bologna president, has made it clear that Gaby Mudingayi could soon be an Inter player as the Nerazzurri have been wanting him for some time. According to Sport Mediaset, both clubs will find an agreement without problems.
Meanwhile the Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Mudingayi could be with the team as early as mid July in Pinzolo for training camp.
“Inter already have the Belgian midfielder in their hands and could have the player already in Pinzolo. The problem? As revealed by the Bologna president Albano Guardaldi: ‘We will only talk after the sentences of the betting scandal.’ So is everything suspended? Yes, it won’t be a big deal.”
Genoa President: “Destro Either To Siena Or Genoa”
“My position is quite clear. Destro will not play with another shirt other than that of Siena.” That was Genoa president Enrico Preziosi to Tutto Mercato Web after the Bianconeri decided to exercise their option of getting half of Destro.
Siena sporting director Antonelli said that it is a utopia for his club to keep the player…
“I do not have to answer to Antonelli. I will reiterate that the player for me can only wear the shirt of Siena or Genoa. There are no other possibilities.”
What if presented to Siena is an interesting offer from other clubs?
“Siena will not sale. To me, the player can only wear those two shirts.”
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For a long time now there has been a lot of talk about a rebuilding process at Inter. Taking out the older veteran players and bringing in fresh young talent who would bring success to Inter in the years to come. Also while doing this cutting down the mountain of wages Inter were paying out and bringing in players on lower wages but who were of equal quality and could bring success in the future. However we are still talking about that to this day and I’m now wondering is this process of rebuilding actually going to happen? After numerous poor mercato’s and ridiculous transfer dealings it is almost as if we are going backwards and not forwards.
Poor Transfer Dealing’s
Part of the problem is the poor transfer dealing’s of Inter in the last few years. One simple problem is that we let go of players of high quality and bring in average players who are simply not good enough to fill the void left by the previous player. Transfers such as Diego Forlan who was brought in to replace Samuel Eto’o who had just had a fantastic season Scoring 37 goals and contributing 15 assists in all competitions. On top of this fantastic record he was our most influential player that season and he dragged us through many games in which we were struggling. Then for some baffling reason we decide to sell him and bring in Diego Forlan who was coming towards the end of his career and his best years were passed him. Also when looking for a replacement we should have been looking for a younger replacement who could play for many years to come and was of similar quality. We can’t expect to compete at the top-level when we sell our best players and replace them with mediocrity.
Sabatino Durante, a known FIFA agent, speaks to the microphones of Radiocalciomercato about one of the main faces of Brazilian football, the Gremio midfielder Fernando: “He’s a young boy, he has quality technically. A complete player that can do well in our league. He’s doing very well in a team level as the Gremio. Inter are on him actively but there are some German clubs.”
Silvestre’s Agent: “Foundations Are There For Silvestre-Inter”
It was a confusing day yesterday on the Matias Silvestre front as well with Zamparini suggesting that it is 99% done. But at the end of the day yesterday, the player’s agent was seen dining with Milan vicepresident Adriano Galliani. To clear up the situation, here is the same agent talking to FC Inter News:
“From yesterday morning and now to this afternoon, things have not changed much, at least for our purposes. We are here, waiting for some for someone to call us. As I have said, Silvestre from Palermo to Inter is still not a completed negotiation, although foundations have been laid. We will see what happens although I don’t have the time table. I cannot say if this negotiation would be closed today for the next day. Four-year contract? I’m not going into details. Silvestre, for now, is staying calm: he got married last Saturday and deserves a few days of rest.”
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Inter are ready to strike two players this very week. According to Sky, the Nerazzurri are making some important steps towards Samir Handanovic and Matias Silvestre. First of the Argentinian defender. Inter are working closely with Palermo and the two parties are very close. The meetings that took place recently have taken decisive developments.
On the front of Handanovic, however, Inter have practically reached an agreement with the player. Now, the club will deal with Udinese and the name that certainly will be included in this deal is Marco Davide Faraoni.
Agent: “Interest From Inter Very Real But…”
“The interest coming from Inter is very real but everything depends on Massimo Moratti. He will have to decide the future of Julio Cesar and after that, this negotiation (for Handanovic) will be unlocked.” That was Federico Pastorello, agent of Udinese goalkeeper, discussing the future of his client with SportItalia. Inter like Handanovic a lot but “first we must see what will happen to Julio Cesar.”
Inter continue working on bringing the Slovenian goalkeeper to Milan. Julio Cesar? This is a knot that has not yet been untied.
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According to reports from Sky, Matias Silvestre is the center of the current transfer window. The latest team to ask for the player is Luciano Spalleti’s Zenit but Palermo continue to resist. Out of all the teams (including Rubin Kazan), however, Inter seem to be the most interest and in the more advanced stage of negotiations. The track that could lead Silvestre to Inter is more concrete even more than Milan who continue to monitor the Argentinian defender.
Uncertainty Between The Posts
Uncertainty between the posts. The three Inter goalkeepers are still being decided at the moment. The only confirmed so far is Luca Castellazzi but we must wait and see if he is the second or third goal keeper. The first at the moment is Julio Cesar who could leave due to high salary (4.5 million). In his place, the hottest name is of course Udinese goalkeeper Samir Handanovic. The other scenario for Julio Cesar is that the Brazilian could stay to become backup to the Slovenian goalkeeper. That is the more difficult scenario.
For the third, Di Gennaro could be come a hypothesis although he could go on loan elsewhere to gain experience when he is recovered of a hip injury. Difficult also for Bardi: a goalkeeper that Inter are paying close attention on but also he could go on loan for another year.
So the search for Orlandoni’s replacement continues…
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10 MILLION FOR MAICON AND REAL ARE JUST A STEP AWAY
Moratti wants to cut salary: uncertain future for Julio Cesar and Sneijder. Castaignos towards West Ham.
First offer for Debucy to form new wings with Kolarov. Here is the 5 milion for the French but Lille want more.
Destro, Giovinco, and Silvestre: to be decided.
Milan – Things are on the move. The outgoing transfer market of Inter is about to take off. After having collected 8 million from the outright sale of Goran Pandev to Napoli, the Nerazzurri would increase their money coffer with Maicon and Castaignos. But in the plans of Moratti, Branca and Ausilio is the will to lower the mountain of salaries, with relative to the revolution of the team, would lead to other big departures. Some certain departures are that of Forlan and Lucio but also Julio Cesar, Pazzini and Sneijder, those that are with uncertain future.
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