Who on earth would want to invest in Inter managed by Massimo Moratti and his partners, while he remains in full control. He would have to be a person who is just as stupid as they.
Ever since the start of this new era, we've started working at the wrong angles. For us, the main goal right now seems to be to bring more money into the club.
But let's ask ourselves: why do we need more money? Because we throw it away. We've been throwing it away for nearly 20 years.
Yes, they are cutting wages, but they are still incredibly ridiculous in management of available funds. Same applies for pretty much all of the top clubs in the world. The more money there seems to be, the more ineffective teams become.
We are magnified version of it - with our president that was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and a sporting director, or whatever his title is, who was a footballer, a job that more often than not goes hand in hand with being an ignorant twat, who thinks at high school level of sophistication.
The most catastrophic part of it all is the wage management in this club, and again, in pretty much all top football clubs.
The laziness in contract negotiations (constant doubling or tripling of player wages as soon as they arrive), in finding of alternative targets (which leads to bloated transfer fees) and in-existent fair assessment of own players (overpaying wages, not selling when the time is right for it) is what causes this massive wage bill. Not to mention making no use of youth players and using them simply as bargaining chips - I'm not asking to make a 18 year old our starting defender, but make a fucking effort to get him into place where he gets better experience.
The fair assessment of own players is a particularly annoying problem which even fans struggle with. So often club gets attached to certain individuals because of certain events that they become unable to judge whether we could sell a player & get rid of his wage and find a replacement of same quality with less wages & less of a transfer fee. And don't come crying about loyalty as we all know what usually happens as soon as the club offers wage that is not as high as the player expected.
Football is abundant with talent nowadays as the sport is being developed to higher degree all around the world, not just South America and the usual European regions. There is almost always a better and cheaper option out there.
Dortmund finished Champions League finalists with roughly 2/3 of our wage budget, Udinese achieves same level of results as us with 1/5 of the wage budget and Napoli finished comfortable second in our league while spending basically 50% of our wage budget (before we sold Sneijder).
In current climate, we should stop trying desperately to be the classic, in-effective top club: the one that buys players with 20-30 million euros and gives them massive wages. We need to buy cheap and most importantly, play tough in wage negotiations, not let agents sit on our ahead. If they prefer to go to Russia and play for 2x wages, then please, go ahead - such players clearly don't care much for what they'll achieve in their career and are therefore high risk, little gain signings anyway.
If anyone says that you cannot achieve a top club without paying crazy wages, then he lacks imagination. With hard work and proper system behind the club, it's not impossible as the teams I named above have already shown.
There's so many models we can find and adapt our own approach from as we have more than enough funds to do it better than clubs that have enjoyed incredible amounts of success with very limited budgets:
1. Firstly we should try to achieve in Italy the same system that is in Spain. We need to push FIGC in order to get an Inter B into the Serie B. That way we don't have to send our best talents like Bessa into Serie B relegation fighters who have to prefer the experience of Tiribocchi in desperate fight to stay up, while our player vegetates on the bench, getting even worse experience than he would've, if he had stayed with the first team here. This leads them to become more ready for top level football so that we can keep them with our first team squad or send them on loan to top divisions or achieve a better platform for selling them.
2. Secondly, we need to take a lesson from Udinese. We need to build a system where we own at least a squad full of talented or cheap underrated players who we have sent on loan to good level clubs throughout Europe, including Italy. One top club is already using a similar system and that is Chelsea, who has partnership with Vitesse, who are, if I'm not mistaken, owned by friend of Abramovich. And so far it has proven to be very much mutually beneficial. This would enable us to more easily adapt in situations where we get a high value offer for some of our current squad players or when some players start asking for ridicilous wages. In addition we would have the ability to sign players even if there is no free spot in the team or we think that he is not quite ready yet for our first team.
3. Thirdly, take a basic stock market lesson from the Portuguese football clubs like Porto and Benfica. Buy low, sell high. We need to work hard to find those underrated players or undiscovered jewels, players from clubs that are often not the first or even second place to look for players. And this is where the Udinese-type system would help to make sure that these players, if they are not ready for us but have the talent, will get playing time elsewhere. As for selling, with few exceptions, for people like Zanetti and people with reasonable salary who are very hard to replace, every player should be sold as soon as we think that he has reached his peak value or he is asking for wage that is out of proportion with that of potential replacements, obviously keeping in mind that we shouldn't make too many big changes every summer.
Once we have achieved a model that is profitable and able to deliver great results even with 60-80 million euro wage budget, then we can say that okay, let's now look for how we can increase our budgets. And maybe we wouldn't even have to look for foreign investors and rather sell stocks to our fans, which would in turn also increase the bond between the fans and the club.