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Inter President: “We Cannot Afford To Spend”

Luci a San Siro - 15 febbraio 2009Inter Milan president Morratti met with club officials Marco Branca (the head of Inter’s Technical Area) and Sporting Director Piero Ausilio on Monday. One topic on the agenda was what Inter will do during this transfer window.

The challenge for Inter, and while they have no money, the club’s recent run of poor form is causing a dilemma. Do they bring in inexperienced yet exciting new players for the future, or buy tried and tested players?

Moratti didn’t say much after emerging from the summit, although he did make it clear that Inter are not prepared to spend fortunes to get their season back on track:

“The transfer window? We aren’t in the position of being able to spend a lot of money. The same can be said about every other club. But I can say that the players we are looking to bring in are all good players.”

What I don’t understand is that Inter have two players in their squad, who could raise the €30m that Inter need to rebuild their squad.

Wesley Sneider has to be sold. He is not accepting a pay cut from Inter, and it is a massive waste of money to pay him to watch games from the stands. So why doesn’t Inter sell Sneijder (€15m) as well as young star Coutinho €15m) and invest those funds in rebuilding their squad? Plus selling Sneijder and getting him off the wage bill, will save Inter over €30m over the length of his contract.

It seems that Moratti is more interested in forcing Sneijder to accept lower wages than he is to actually qualify for the Champions League next season. Has mediocrity engulfed Inter?