Nerazzurri found a way to overtake Turin.
The transfer window in Italy has not opened yet, but Inter has already turned the best deal of winter. The 26-year-old Milanese boss, Steven Zhang, stole Beppe Marotta, whom he had invited in the fall. This is the best possible lot - the manager with a strange look has unlimited prestige in Italy and in September claimed the main chair in the Football Federation.
Marotta will not lose time for adaptation - Italian journalists have learned that Beppe has been working for “Giuseppe Meazza” since November. The first hours of the official appointment of the manager expectedly coincided with a loud bomb: Marotta wants to remove Spalletti. This is definitely not a rumor, because the four major publications, Gazzetta dello Sport, Corriere dello Sport, Corriere della Sera and Tuttosport, were shot on the insiders.
The news is absolutely logical, because Luciano is rapidly losing credibility with the bosses. In 2017, Spal got newbies for 117 million and barely jumped into the Champions League. They were waiting for progress in Serie A and confident performance in Europe from the Italian, but Inter lost a great advantage over Tottenham, in the decisive match at home did not cope with PSV and fell into the Europa League. In the Serie A, “Nerazzurri” are inferior to Juventus for 14 points, and even the purchases of Nainggolan, De Vrij and Vrsaljko did not improve the game.
The task to get rid of Spalletti is paramount for the new CEO. First, Luciano failed the important tasks for the season. Secondly, the main candidate for a possible vacancy is an excellent acquaintance of Marotta - Conte. The appointment of Antonio in 2011 launched the reincarnation of Juve, which was first in Serie B, and then ranked ninth with Luigi del Neri. Agnelli and Marotta created a strong tandem of power, and Conte realized their plans for the field - it was with him that the reign of Turin began so far.
Marotta will be an important trump card in negotiations with the ex-coach Chelsea. Capricious allenatore too much value reputation - it proved the autumn trowel with Perez and Real.
Luciano’s position deteriorated, and each new setback in Serie A could cost a job coach. If Spalletti screw up the season to the top three, then he will adequately leave in the summer, if he loses the team, he will fly out soon. Marotta is planning a reshuffle in the offseason and will work on other attractive options before: among the candidates, Gazzetta dello Sport names two important people for Inter, Simeone and Mourinho.
The invitation of the manager with a strong squint encouraged the fans of Inter, who were tired of the vague transfer policy. It was on the market that Beppe created the image of a cunning and cynical negotiator. For seven years in Turin, Marotta took Can, Alves, Khedira, Llorente, Anelka, Pogba and Pirlo for free. For a penny, Beppe bought Barzagli (300 thousand), Tevez (9 million), Lichtsteiner (9.5 million) and Vidal (12.5 million), who became an important part of the champion Juventus or later brought the club a solid profit.
In addition, Inter got a man offended by the main rival. The reason for Marotta’s departure from Juve was a conflict with the president - Agnelli often got into the affairs of Beppe, drove into negotiations with the players, and this infuriated the general director. Marotta opposed the invitation of Cristiano and prophesied a blow to the budget - Andrea pushed the general director to the background and together with Fabio Paratici closed the deal.
It Paratici received fame for the grand transfer, and then the chair Marotta.
“It's hard to find a common language with Agnelli. I will no longer be on the list of the Juventus board,” - Marotta hurriedly threw in September. Another reason for his departure was the desire of the president to put together a young management team - 61-year-old Beppe pulled out his boss with an economical approach and was no longer part of the plans.
“Marotta has been in football for 40 years - he has incredible connections, and getting him was a huge success,” - said Agnelli about a former subordinate. The boss of Juventus briefly but succinctly described the best qualities of a manager with the appearance of a supervillain: connections, experience and authority. It is this helper that a young Chinese man needs at Inter, an evil defector who is eager to destroy the perfect machine assembled by his own hands.