Inter’s six game winless streak has seen them slump to third, two points ahead of Roma who have a game in hand, and been bounced out of the Coppa Italia by AC Milan.
Alarm bells are ringing from Milan to Nanjing as Inter’s season, which promised so much 45 days ago, threatens to go up on smoke.
Things are so bad that Inter Director Walter Sabatini is traveling to China with two goals. To return with midfielder Ramiris plus €25-30m that can be used during this transfer window.
For months, we have been hearing about Ramires moving from Jiangsu Suning to Inter. His signing was viewed as a convenient and low-cost method of adding some much-needed depth to Spalletti’s squad.
But Sabatini is walking into a political battlefield as Suning coach Fabio Capello has reportedly blocked the Brazilian’s departure. Capello apparently feels that Suning cannot be realistic title contenders in the Chinese Super League with Ramires.
I don’t think that Inter can finish in the top three without a fit and healthy Ramires,so it will be interesting to see who wins here: Jiangsu Suning or Inter.
Suning have promised significant funds in the summer to buy 3-4 important players. But then, did we not hear that at this time last year.
Spalletti does not want to want until the summer because missing out on a Champions League next season will make it extremely difficult to sign top caliber players.
Sabatini’s goal is to return from China with an ‘advance’ on the summer budget of between €20-30 million, which would be used to compete with a more complete and deeper squad to achieve fourth place.
The ball is in Suning’s court now. None of the talk from them matters anymore. Its time for action. Will they give Sabatini what he wants or will he leave China empty-handed?