Feeling prolific today, hope you dont mind
I'd like to talk a bit today about our summer transfer plans. I'm going to try and take realistic valuations for the players, and assume a minimal transfer budget.
The first step of course will be player sales. To have any sort of spending power, we need to look at offloading a few people...
I believe, personally, the sale of the following is imperative:
1 - Diego Milito. At 8m a season, he does not represent value for money anymore in his return rate. A release to Racing or an Argentinian club would be an honourable way to let the man go after his last three years of great service at Inter. Annual affect = +8m/season
2 - Rocchi. Needs to go, simple as. Annual affect = +3.2m/season (800k for half season, double for tax, double for full season)
3 - Walter Gargano. Not good enough. Annual affect = +4m/season
4 - Esteban Cambiasso. I love him and his service, but he needs to reduce his wages to stay. I expect this will take him to about 2m/season, or 4m/season with tax. I will not assume his sale/release. Annual affect = +4m/season
5 - Dejan Stankovic. Clearly not worth the money anymore. Wouldnt keep him for free, tbh. Annual affect = +7m/season
6 - Gaby Mudingayi. Not worth it. Annual affect = +3m/season
7 - Ricardo Alvarez. Sadly a nothing player with too many injuries. Sell for 6m, annual affect = +3.5m/season
8 - Jonathan. How he';s still here we will never know. Sell for 2m, annual affect = + 2m/season
9 - Christian Chivu. Too much for what he will be - as one of the top earners. Release, annual affect = +4.5m/season
10 - Walter Samuel. I love him, but it looks like we are set to release him in the summer. Annual affect = +4m/season
11 - Matias Silvestre. Not good enough. We will not make any money from him, but wage savings equate to about +4m/season
Net: Transfer money in = +8m
Wage savings: +47.2m
1 - We need to sign at least one good striker. I have nothing against Icardi or Ferreyra. Lets say a transfer fee of 8m, with salary of 2m/season.
2 - We will clearly need a new CM. If we assume a Paulinho-or-similar player will arrive in January, then we can assume we sign something like Obiang + Bellomo = fee ~7m, wage = 2.5m/season
3 - Assuming we will get Andreolli (0, 1.5m/season), we still need another centre-back. Return Caldirola from loan would be good enough for me, = -1m/season
4 - A trequartista would be nice. Someone quite a big name, who is hard to say, but lets just throw with Eriksen for now, you can replace that with whoever you want. Fee = -15m, wages = 3m/season. Quintero would be a good shout too.
5 - A back up striker. We can assume either Longo or Livaja can fill this role.
This gives us a squad of ~25 players. Net transfer fees = 30m, wages = 10m/season
Net summer activity:
Wage savings : +37.2m/season, Transfer Fee : -22m (assuming 4 year contracts for everyone, this is actually much much less)
This also means a substantial budget for investing in young players that we are following, for example Lichnovsky, Lazaro, Huerta, the other guy at the same club, Peruzzi, Correra..