Lots of media stories today that Inter’s parent company Suning will use their ownership in Jiangsu Suning as a vehicle to help pay Luka Modric’s wages if the midfielder joins from Real Madrid.
According to today’s Corriere dello Sport, the plan would be to bring Modric to Italy for at least two fyears, before a move to Jiangsu Suning to close his career.
That way Inter would get around any Financial Fair Play restrictions as Suning could effectively sponsor the midfielder’s move.
The idea is that Suning would make Modric the global face of their brand, and that commercial relationship and payment would be thereby keep Inter within Financial Fair Play limits.
That’s a similar approach to that taken by Juventus with the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo, as it’s thought much of his €30m per season salary will be earned through sponsorships with FCA, the company controlled by the Agnelli family.
On paper this sounds good, but Inter and Jiangsu Suning have yet to show that they can play together. Inter’s inability to wrestle Ramires from Jiangsu in January was one of the reasons why Walter Sabatini left earlier this year.