Thohir On The Importance Of Meeting Uefa’s Financial Rules

new-inter-badgeIn his long interview that was published in Corriere dello Sport, Inter president Erick Thohir provided the most in-depth look at the Nerazzurri’s financial situation and how he is trying to build a Champions League squad without falling foul of FIFA’s rules on irresponsible debt.

“There’s an economic difference between being in the Champions League and the Europa League,” Thohir told Il Corriere dello Sport. “If you’re in the CL, your salaries can be raised because you have greater revenue.

“If you’re not in there, you can’t spend as much. Right now we spend about €80m yearly on the salaries, and I believe that’s going to stay more or less the same, in spite of a few slight amendments.

Ever Banega On Why He Picked Inter

Ever BanegaEver Banega has explained why he will swap Europa League-winning Sevilla for Inter this summer.

“In life, you have to make decisions…”

Banega is set to join Inter for a nominal fee once the transfer window reopens in July as he activated a one-year extension on his Sevilla contract towards the end of last season, and he admitted while leaving Andalusia was hard to take, he was convinced the Nerazzurri was the right move for him.

“Why should I go? In life, you have to make decisions, rightly or wrongly,” he told ABC.

Inter Not Interested In Antonio Candreva

new-inter-badgeLots of transfer rumors floating around and one of them links Inter with Lazio winger Antonio Candreva.

But according to Inter president Erick Thohir the Nerazzurri have no interest in signing the 29-year-old winger.

‘Candreva? I don’t think we will be doing business with Lazio,’ he added.

‘We already have Icardi, Perisic, Eder, (Rodrigo) Palacio, (Jonathan) Biabiany and (Stevan) Jovetic in attack. Where would Candreva play if we signed him as well?

‘I have not met with anyone from Lazio to discuss any transfer.

‘We would have to sell an attacker before thinking about a potential move for Candreva.’

Thohir Issues Hands Off Warning Over Mauro Icardi And Ivan Perisic

Icardi-perisicInter president Erick Thohir insists that while Inter will need to sell some players this summer to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations, two players who will not be leaving the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza are Mauro Icardi and Ivan Perisic.

Thohir stated that neither player is for sale at any price.

“Players like Icardi, Perisic and Miranda are Inter players and we will tell anyone who makes an approach they are not for sale,’ he said.

‘We have a strategy. We need at least 16 players who are at the same level.’

Real Madrid Win Nets Inter Two Million Euros

Mateo-Kovacic-cl-throphyInter’s bankers were amongst those celebrating Real Madrid Champions League win at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on Saturday night.

That is because when Inter sold Mateo Kovacic to the Spanish side last summer, the deal included a bonus payment if Los Blancos won the Champions League.

Kovacic played no part in the final but that did not stop the Nerazzurri cashing in on a €2 million bonus.The figure was made up by an initial €750,000 earned for Real’s qualification for the final and another €1.25 million once the trophy had been secured against Atletico Madrid.

Thohir: Expect Excitement Next Season

new-inter-badgePresident Erick Thohir has promised that Inter will provide excitement and a competitive team next season, as the Nerazzurri look to move on from a poor campaign.

The Biscione finished the season in fourth place but were left disappointed after being Scudetto contenders for the first half of the campaign, only to fall away in dramatic fashion after Christmas.

Despite this, Thohir is adamant the team has shown signs of progression since his takeover in 2013 and that Inter will continue to look for ways to improve.

Could Inter Land Barcelona Defender Marc Bartra?

Marc-BartraBarcelona defender Marc Bartra is being linked with a move to Inter after he confirmed that his release clause at Barcelona has been slashed.

The 25-year-old defender made just 13 appearances during the season for the Catalan club, meaning that the release clause written into his contract, reported to previously been set at €40m, has now dropped to a bargain price of €8m due to a lack of playing time.

Bartra confirmed the news at national team media conference on Saturday:

“It’s in the hands of Carles Puyol [Bartra’s agent] and my representatives.”

Materazzi Worried About Inter Recruitment

new-inter-badgeA lack of Champions League football has led to former Inter defender Marco Materazzi casting doubt over the Nerazzurri’s ability to sign the best players.

Any hope of a title challenge faded after the winter break as Inters’ inability to hold onto a top-three spot led to a third-straight year in the Europa League.

“Inter must return to the Champions League,” the Italian told Premium Sport, “only then can they bring in players of the highest level.

“These next years will not be easy, and unfortunately they can’t rely on playing me anymore!”

Thohir: “We Will Sell Someone”

new-inter-badgeInter president Erick Thohir admits that the club will have to sell ‘1-2 players, though not necessarily the top ones’ in order to meet Uefa’s Financial Fair Play rules.

Inter were hit with spending sanctions last year by UEFA for failing to adhere to Financial Fair Play rules. As a result, Inter’s finances are being monitored and they must break even before the end of the 2018/19 season.

More importantly Inter president Erick Thohir has agreed to a maximum deficit of €30m by the end of this year. By all accounts, Inter’s loss this season will be at least €60m, meaning that they would have to raise at least €30m from player transactions this summer to balance the books.

What Is Mancini Thinking?

bobby-mancIt’s the silly season when agents are doing their best to drum up interest in their clients. But there has been one constant over the last couple of months in regards to Inter’s transfer rumors. And that is that Roberto Mancini does not understand the Financial Fair Play restrictions that Inter are under.

Inter were hit with spending sanctions last year by UEFA for failing to adhere to Financial Fair Play rules. As a result, Inter’s finances are being monitored and they must break even before the end of the 2018/19 season.