Exactly 12 months ago I wrote this post. To some degree the fact that Suning has been restricted from making a superstar signing has been beneficial.
Under Walter Sabatini’s guidance Inter instead made some purchases over the two Mercato’s to fill in some holes in the team; namely at fullback and center back. Now Piero Ausilio can focus on improving the team further up the pitch which the arrivals of Radja Nainggolan and Lautaro Martinez.
But 12 months on from Moratti’s comments, and 21 years on from the Ronaldo world-record signing, does Suning need a marquee signing to move the project along?
Former Inter owner Massimo Moratti believes that Suning Group will make a statement signing like that of Ronaldo “sooner or later”.
This week marks 20 years since Moratti broke the world transfer record to sign Ronaldo from Barcelona, and he is backing Suning to show they mean business with another eye-catching purchase.
“Do I expect Suning to go for someone like Ronaldo? Sooner or later, maybe,” he told Mi-Tomorrow.
“When a great champion arrives, they give enthusiasm, but now [the club] need to find players that feel a sense of professional belonging, a duty to give their best to the team.
“Moreover, it’s not easy to find players at Ronaldo’s level.
“Suning has remarkable economic potential. but they need more experience. Last season went so badly for it to be of any help.
“Spalletti’s appointment? The players must also display a character that they haven’t yet, otherwise [Inter] need new reference points that inspire the others.
“Another Moratti at the helm? There are no plans, but it’s something we fall into, for weakness or passion.
“My children have the freedom to do so, but the costs and commitment involved make it a proper profession, so much so that I wouldn’t wish it on them.”
Before we engage in fantasy football signings, can we get two good fullbacks and center backs and start to build a title contending side?
The superstar signing should the icing on top of the cake. If there is no cake, then the icing is meaningless.