Since the oil tycoon Massimo Moratti took over Internazinale Milano in 1995, Inter has experienced the most turbulent era in football history. More than 100 players and exactly 18 coaches has came during his 18 years of tenure. As the true fans of Inter, Moratti has sacrifices his life to lift Inter to the top of the world. But, right motivation multiply wrong action is equal to wrong. Moratti’s ambition doesn’t walk in coherent with trust to subordinate, patience, and astuteness. No wonder Inter has done too many transfer blunders during all these years.
The top 10 list below will sum up the worst transfer from 1995 until 2012. Thanks to enormous number of transfer flops, many mediocre names couldn’t make it to the list. The likes of Domoraud, Ventola, Sukur, Farinos, Dalmat, Kallon, Brechet, Van Der Meyde, Forlan, Kharja etc didn’t feature in the list because there are more players who cost more but performed horribly.
The list will assess the contribution given compared to the price Inter paid. There are a lot of mediocre players who should never wear Nerazzurri outfit from the very first place. But, because many of them were bought for (relatively) cheap price, they aren’t mentioned here. The example is Brechet. His defending was simply awful, but since many defender costed more than him, he was safe and didn’t included in top 10 list.. Another boundary condition is, the author only assesses player-in transfer. Player-out and coach are excleded. And last, all the price mentioned are in million euro.
And here is the top 10 of transfer flop :
10. Christian Chivu (in : € 15 million, out : ?)
The Romanian showed the fine defensive quality during his first 2.5 seasons since his arrival in Inter. The rock at defence and capable of being a left back, it was as if Chivu would turn out to be good business. But, the head collision against Chievo fracture his head. And since his comeback, Chivu has never showed the quality he did back then. After the comeback, what he showed was lost man-marking, wrong positioning, slipped, mispass, unnecessarry foul, red card parties, and many more. He was the weak link in Inter defence during Mourinho’s Inter and he became the disaster during Benitez and Leonardo’s era. Thanks to his fine displays during early tenure at Inter, his rank doesn’t go worst, but they cannot make up all the mistakes he has done. Placed in number 10 of worst transfer for the mixed performance.
Admitted, on his normal day Chivu is better than many mediocre defenders like Gamarra, Sorondo, Adani etc. But, neither they were bought with € 15 million nor they were plotted as key defender.
9. Adriano (in : 15, out :0 )
Almost the same case with Chivu, only with worst outcome. He was loaned out to Parma to give him playing time and he showed promising quality with his deadly partnership with Mutu. It only looked even more promising with his goal galores during 04/05 seasons, raked up 40 goals in total competition. But, since his father died in 2006, his form dipped drastically. He missed training several times and appeared in night party frequently. His body just kept getting fatter and fatter and he lost his motivation too. Couldn’t stand with his attitude anymore, Inter decided to offload him on free transfer. Until now, Adriano still unable to escape from the alcohol and undisplinary thus struggles even to play regularly.
8. Fabian Carini (in : 10, out : 0)
Do you know where the € 10 million come from ? It was the estimated price of Cannavaro. Yes, Inter did an ridiculous trade by exchanging the world elite defender with unproven goalkeeper. Carini caught Inter attention by his outstanding display during Copa America 2003. Doesn’t matter how talentful is the player, to trade one of the best defender with a player who only showed outstanding performances in several matches is called an idiocy. And that was what Inter did. He never threated Toldo position as Inter main goalkeeper even he must be loaned out to give him the playing time. The worst was, when he returned to Inter he became 4th goalkeeper behing Toldo, new-arrival Julio Cesar, and aging Orlandoni. Until his departure, he only had played 4 times for Nerazzuri. What a joke. Inter bought him in expense of Cannavaro to play only for 4 games. Even worst, Cannavaro enjoyed stint of successes in Turin.
7. David Suazo (in : 13, out : 0)
A former Cagliari star, Suazo led the club escape the relegation zone singlehandedly. Even he was awarded as Serie-A foreign footballer of the year in 2006 and the award was shared with currently best player in the world Kaka. Then, Inter and AC Milan fought to sign Suazo and in the end, Inter managed to get him. Inter won the transfer battle, but soon it turned out to be lost. Suazo could never replicate his Cagliari form and even he struggled to make it to the team. Even the teenage Balotelli beat him as the sub-striker, let alone with the likes of Crespo, Cruz, and Ibra. Then, he was loaned out to Benfica and Genoa, but he also failed to impress both clubs. After he returned to Inter, he was badly injured and failed to play even a minute in entire 10/11 season. Forgotten and not in the team plan anymore, Inter didn’t extend his contract which expired on 30 June 2011.
6. Vrastilav Gresko (in :5, out : 0)
Match against Lazio in 5 May 2002 in final game of 01/02 season is short definition of Gresko. No one remembers his contribution throughout the season long, people remember solely on the day. Before that catasthropic day, Gresko was the main left back and he was the second setpiece taker only second to Recoba. That € 5 million that Inter paid 2 years before seemed like a decent business piece. But his “assist” to Poborsky lifted him up by many levels in Inter worst player category. Although most Inter players performed terribly, it was only Gresko who received all the critics and blames and became a scapegoat of the scudetto lost. Soon after, he was released to Parma as part of deal with Almeyda.
5. Sulley Muntari (in : 15, out : ?)
At first, when Mourinho came to Inter, he intended to sign attackng midfielder Lampard. But mystery happened and Mourinho got defensive midfielder Muntari instead. During his playing time in Inter, Muntari scored some sensational goal, most notably a winner against Juventus and backheel goal against Napoli. But the goals couldn’t mask up all calamities he made. That madness moment against Catania, when he came up as the substitution and only last 1 minute before sent off, was the highlight of his career in Inter and it was but a tip of iceberg. Lack of football intelligent, awful tackle, and emotional, no wonder he collected yellow card more than anyone else in Inter. Such short-though often costed the team dearly. Also, so many times he gave up possession too cheaply. I am not sure if it was Mourinho’s instruction or not, but he frequently acted as if he was a deep lying playmaker, spraying long pass to his teammates at frontline and flank. Only, the accuracy was something to be very very very desired.
4. Nelson Rivas (in : 7.5, out : 0)
If Muntari was disaster in midfield, Rivas was worst disaster in backline. It was a mistery how Inter landed him from very first place and it was even more misterous how he could earn 16 appearances under defence expert Mourinho. Sixteen appearances in 2 seasons could be considered a few, but for a defender with Rivas quality it was simply too many. Looked unconvincing ever since he stepped his foot at green turf of Giuseppe Meazza, Rivas was an exemplary defender whenever he played. Exemplary ? Yes. Whatever Rivas did on the pitch, other defender should do the opposite. Nervous, no physical presence, the positioning was all over the sea, awful timing of tackle, blunder prone, and clueless. Whenever the ball approached Rivas, the chill shot down every Interisti spine as they know the accident was waiting. After 2 seasons, Rivas soon was offloaded to Livorno, to every Interisti rejoice.
3. Amantino Mancini (in : 13, out : 0 )
Very unexpected flop. Before he moved to Inter, Mancini terrorised every defence in Serie-A with his dribbling. Fast and highly technical, Mancini run through the defence for fun and his goal against Lyon was the proof of his amazing skill. Mancini came to Inter to accommodate Mourinho’s need of winger. When he trained Chelsea, Mourinho used the combination of Duff and Robben to torment opponent’s defence. So, when he moved to Inter he bought Mancini without second thought. Highly proven in Serie-A and suited the coach play style, it seemed Mancini would be the key player of Inter. But soon after he moved to Inter, it was as if he left his skill in Rome. No more lightning speed, no more stepover, no more quick dribbling, now every defender ate Mancini for breakfast. After 2 seasons of failure, Mancini was loaned to Milan to no avail. As Inter didn’t saw any hope remaining from Brazilian, Inter didn’t extend his contract.
2. Fransesco Coco (in : 22,5, out : 0)
It seemed Italy search of Maldini replacement had been done. Touted as next Maldini since his tender age, Coco impressed everyone with his composed and elegant performance when he wore Rossoneri and Blaugrana outfit (on loan). Then, came the offer from Inter which worth € 28 million, comprised of money and Seedorf as part of the trade. Milan accepted and 2 different things happened. Seedorf enjoyed the success in Milan, being a key part of the team who won Serie-A and 2 UCL titles. In contrary, Coco’s performance fell free and eventually spent most of his time in surgery room. It took 2 more years for Coco to recover and returned to the pitch. But, his form never recovered and it grew worse instead. Then, Inter loaned him to Livorno and Torino to give him the time to play and prove himself. But neither in both clubs Coco had ever impressed . Not long after his loan spell at Torino ran out, he returned to Inter and decided to retire from football in 2007. In total, he only played 68 games for Inter including the appearance as sub. Disastrous transfer yet it was not the worst. Just imagine how bad is Inter transfer policy if such outcome is not the worst yet.
1. R. Quaresma (in : 24.6, out :7.3 )
An obvious number 1. Probably the biggest transfer flop ever in Serie-A. Signed in same season with Mancini signing, Mourinho wished to replicate his Chelsea playstyle with double explosive winger. But both of them failed to live up to expectation. With 24.6 million pricetag (including Pele, player of Inter Primavera), what he provided was not even € 1 million worth quality. Miskick, mispass, miscommunication, and missed chance were his characteristic during his brief career at Inter. Also don’t forget how many times he was dispossessed when a simple pass would work. The only bright glimpse was his trivela goal from the edge of penalty bos, but it was the lucky strike. Well, perhaps he used up all his lifetime luck for the goal and the winger’s career has never bounced back ever since.
Mourinho kept using him despite poor performance, probably to justify his expensive price. But performance never lied and disappointed Inter decided to loaned him out to Chelsea. Different club, same case. Quaresma only featured 4 times and he failed to delivered impressive performace in such limited chance. Then, he returned to Inter again only to disappoint again. Mourinho gave him second chance even handing him no 7 shirt which was previously worn by Figo. Too bad such big motivational boost fail to improve his performance, instead he tarnished it. It was still old rusty Quaresma and as Mourinho’s patience ran out, Mourinho started to accept the transfer had turned into flop. After Mourinho signed Pandev for free, Quaresma never appeared again in Inter match.