Besides the Mauro Icardi contract situation, the other storm cloud that is threatening to engulf Inter’s season is the future of manager Roberto Mancini.
Mancini has 12 months left on his current deal and is not happy with the club’s summer transfer policy. Thohir and Suning want to invest in younger players with upside and potential sell-on value.
Mancini who has been tasked with finishing in the top three wants ready made experienced players who can immediately come in and make a difference now, not sometime in the future.
Mancini meet with club President Erick Thohir as well as Steven Zhang, the son of Suning founder Zhang Jindong while in New York this week to discover his future.
In addition to the difference in opinion over the transfer philosophy, Mancini is also not happy that the club has spent practically, while Juventus, Napoli and Roma have all been busy in the transfer market.
Former Inter midfielder Mario Bertini speaking to Tuttomercatoweb.com, blasted Suning group for their handling of affairs and defending Mancini.
“For over a month there has been vagueness surrounding Mancini, will he step down? It is hard to resign without having another team. At the same time the Inter coach is not entirely in the wrong because in this society who can relate? Who can talk? The world goes where there is money, the Chinese invest but do they know football?
“Mancini wants to win and would like to take players already made but it is not so easy because, I repeat, he does not see anyone to talk to. He has a contract, it is safeguarded and he can afford to say certain things. The company remains absent, there is a relationship with the coach and the fans.”
It would not be a shock to see Mancini hand in his resignation when Inter return to Italy after their preseason friendly with Bayern Munich on Saturday blaming the clubs lack of investment in the transfer market for the decision.
There is never a good time to replace a manager, but with a month until the season starts and the transfer window closes, there is an window of opportunity here for Inter if they move quickly.
As to who could replace Mancini? Former Ajax boss Frank de Boer is at or near the top of most Inter fans lists. He has been heavily linked with the job by the Italian media, but his agent Guido Albers says that Inter have not approached him yet:
“We have not heard anything from Inter,” Albers told Voetbal International.
“It’s a nice club, but we can only wait at the moment. It is quiet around Frank at this time.”