This was a story I wrote six years ago today as Inter were days away from signing Samir Handanovic to replace the Julio Cesar. Julio Cesar was one of the best goalkeepers in the world when he played for Inter between 2005-2012. His role in that magical treble-winning season will never be forgotten.
I tweeted late yesterday that Duncan Castles, a freelance reporter for the English Sunday Time reported that Inter had offered €8m plus Italy U21 defender Davide Faraoni to Udinese goalkeeper Samir Handanovic.
Right after that, I read this quote from Inter president Massimo Moratti:
“Will Julio Cesar be at the pre-season training camp? We’ll see, there are another six days to go.”
I wrote last week how that Inter’s wage bill threatens to stop the clubs rebuilding efforts. Inter has €31m tied up in wages to EIGHT players (Sneijder, Julio Cesar, Maicon, Chivu, Forlan, Lucio, Stankovic and Pazzini).
They need to trim that wage bill and bring in younger, cheaper players I wrote in order to move forward.
So its not a surprise then that since I wrote that article that Lucio is gone, Forlan is close to going and Inter are actively looking to sell Maicon.
Which brings me to another name on that list Julio Cesar, who has two years left on a contract that is paying him €4.5m a year. That is a lot of money for a player who has struggled for the last two seasons.
And it seems that Inter agree as not only are they looking for a replacement for Julio Cesar, they are actively shopping him, much to the chagrin to his wife, who has slammed Inter for their treatment of her husband.
It is understood that Inter are prepared to listen to offers for the 32-year-old, and Brazilian actress Susana Werner has taken to Twitter to express her discontent.
“There needs to be respect for people, for everything Julio has always done and won. Inter made history in 2010… Thanks to all the fans,” Susana Werner tweeted
The one part of the story that I don’t get is why Inter would go after Samir Handanovic, and give up Davide Faraoni when they already have a co-ownership with Palermo for Emiliano Viviano. Surely the logical move is to buy the rest of Viviano’s contract and bring him back to Inter rather than sign Handanovic?