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Maybe we wont have to, but we probably will anyway. It's a Marotta thing to say he doesnt want and need to sell, then goes on and sell the players anyway because "they wanted to leave, our hands were tied" :lol:
It is as clear as day that Lukaku asked to leave. Both he and Marotta admitted.
 

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Marotta has his way of making players wanting to leave.

But when it comes to Lukaku, I'm pretty sure he didn't want to sell him because the timing restricted the options to replace him. He may be drooling now with Dzeko scoring so much at the start of the season, but unlike Hakimi, I doubt he pushed Lukaku out. If anything, I trust the sources that say that he was the one trying the hardest to convince him to stay. Which also has a direct effect on the promises to Inzaghi that Lukaku would have stayed.
 

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Confirming that we wanted to exchange Icardi for Dybala really hurt. Dybala + Lautaro would be a sick ass duo.

We've been through this multiple times.

The clubs initiated the negotiations. Both Icardi and Dybala rejected the proposed deal.


Then Juventus approached Manchester United for a swap between Lukaku and Dybala. Manchester accepted. Lukaku accepted.

At that time we approached PSG for Cavani and Atalanta for Zapata. Both wanted 50m because we were already throwing 60m and 65m for Lukaku that got rejected. We didn't want to proceed with that. Eventually PSG wanted to entertain a possibility of swapping Cavani with Icardi.

Meanwhile, Dybala rejected a move to Manchester and the deal collapsed. Pastorello informed us that Lukaku would accept our offer and we took another week or so to conclude the deal after we met Man Utd's initial demands for 80m, while Lukaku was reported AWOL and was spotted at Anderlecht's training center.

The talks for Cavani-Icardi stopped, PSG tried to get another striker for a cheap deal but couldn't reach a deal (no idea who this was), so they asked to get Icardi on loan and Marotta eventually accepted.
 

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Something not happening can still hurt. So yeah, no point in your post there, Brehme.
 

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Something not happening can still hurt. So yeah, no point in your post there, Brehme.
The idea is that this "hurt" was over 2 years ago, we knew about it then. It's not new information so I don't see why your tone suggests that he's confirmed something that wasn't already confirmed multiple times in the past, including the time of negotiations.

Just a bit surprised you used that term.
 

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No problem and yes I knew about it. It's not the first time Marotta mentioned it.
 

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We did alright by selling Icardi. We replaced him with Lukaku, who was many times the striker Icardi ever will be, and when the Icardi money came in, we used that to buy Hakimi. Marotta did brilliantly there, under the circumstances.

Imagine if the Suning financial crisis had hit and we still had Icardi and Wanda with her big mouth?
 

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“Every match is decisive in the Champions League, we must try to do our best and get points. It’s a very important match, we know Sheriff are a tough side, even though their journey so far has been more than unexpected,” Marotta told Sky Sport Italia.
“We need to take all that into account and add extra motivation to get the victory.”

Inter are fresh from their first Serie A defeat of the season, fumbling a lead to lose 3-1 at Lazio.
“Sunday’s game is separate, we have to look at the progress over the last few months. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to hold on in the final minutes.
Having said that, we must look forward with great optimism and not waste the good work we’ve done so far.”

Marotta was asked about the contract renegotiations with midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, whose deal expires in June 2022.
“The contracts are not a problem. Only those players who are happy to remain with us will stay at Inter. So far, Brozovic, Lautaro, Barella and others have said they want to stay. Over the next few weeks, (director of sport Piero) Ausilio and I will have the opportunity to discuss matters.”

The Sky Sport Italia reporters also asked Marotta if a January signing to strengthen the squad depends on Inter qualifying for the Champions League Round of 16.
“No, that won’t be an influence, it won’t change our strategy. Let us not forget the January transfer window doesn’t always provide good opportunities. The focus is on consolidating the current squad, which won the Scudetto last season and had a good start to this campaign.
“There aren’t always good opportunities available in January.”
 

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MAROTTA ON SERIE A ECONOMIC CRISIS, PIF RUMOURS AND SUPER LEAGUE​

Inter CEO Beppe Marotta explains why the Super League was a legitimate project and insists huge investments from Premier League owners are not ‘an ideal model.’

Marotta gave an interview to Il Corriere della Sera to discuss the state of Italian football. The Inter director blamed the Italian Government for the lack of help to Italian football clubs.

“Serie A lost €1.2 billion due to COVID, we didn’t ask for financial help, but tax deferral. It wouldn’t have had consequences on Italian taxpayers. We are denied any help,” Marotta said.

So, how will Serie A get over the economic crisis?
“We need competent owners, stability and continuity even to the detriment of sports results.
“The league must be reshaped with 18 clubs and could reintroduce semi-professionalism for lower leagues.
“Rich Premier League owners do not represent an ideal model. It’s a specific situation that the rest of the system can’t use,” Marotta continued.
“We must give value to our resources, cut costs and improve our facilities. Those who spend the most do not win, it is better to give value to competence.

“I am optimistic, but we lack attention from the State, 153 new stadiums were built in Europe over the last ten years, only one of them in Italy.
“They must reintroduce a Minister for Sport, the recovery plan will bring €235m, football and sport must have an important part in it, we need a national project to sustain it because sport represents a big slice of the Italian economy.”

The economic crisis was one of the reasons why 12 elite clubs, including Inter, launched the Super League in March. However, the project collapsed within 48 hours, with the Premier League clubs withdrawing from the competition, followed by the Nerazzurri, Milan and Atletico Madrid.

“The Super League was a cry of alarm, of despair, of some clubs with a strong competitive objective. The organizational model must be revised,” Marotta said.
“We could act better in the form, but the end justifies the means. COVID and debts drown the clubs. The difficulty is to combine the concepts of business and meritocracy.”

Marotta added that he is against a World Cup every two years: “It would restrict the clubs’ activities and increase the risk of injuries.
“How are they protecting clubs? If I give you a player for two months, why it’s just me who is paying him?”

There have been rumours that Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF) is interested in buying Inter, but Marotta insists the Zhang family have a long-term project for the club.
“They invested almost €1 billion in five years, and that’s not ethically sustainable. Now, we are out of the tunnel, there is stability. Zhang has passion, he’s confirmed multiple times his long-term commitment to Inter.”


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In the second part of his interview with Il Corriere della Sera, Beppe Marotta admits it will take some time to reach an agreement over Marcelo Brozovic’s contract extension and says there isn’t much difference between Edin Dzeko and Romelu Lukaku who joined Chelsea to double his salary.

“Barella and Lautaro will extend their contract with a pay rise, we are close,” Marotta said.
“Brozovic’s contract is expiring, it will take more time, but I am confident.”

Edin Dzeko has replaced Romelu Lukaku and the absence of the Belgian striker is not felt at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza as the 35-year-old has scored seven goals in 11 appearances so far.
“Lukaku was sold for €115m and we bought Dzeko for free. On the pitch, there isn’t much difference,” Marotta claimed.
“Lukaku left to double his salary, in Italy these figures can’t exist.

“Today, we can’t make important investments, I wouldn’t be allowed to sign Lukaku for €75m. We need reduced and specific investments.

What’s his relationship with Antonio Conte?
“We didn’t argue. It is a delicate subject, he should be there to discuss it all together,” Marotta claimed.

“Inzaghi is doing well, he must be given time to know Inter. Perhaps some goals could be avoided. That’s where we need to improve.
“We are ambitious, it’s still early to make judgements, we are on a par with the others, the target remains to qualify for the Champions League.

What will happen if the Nerazzurri receive another big-money offer in the future?
“The player’s desire is always crucial, as a manager I am not worried about selling, but about buying. Right now, there isn’t any club in Italy that can offer a huge salary to a player,” the 64-year-old admitted.

What has the future in store for him?
“Let’s wait for Zhang’s return, I think we can continue together. After the experience at Inter, I will look for something outside from clubs. I like politics and sport, I’d like an institutional role.”

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Let's see what he says about the ref.
 

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this guy knows his work, have a great insight and will give inter
the stability we lacked, him forcing the 352, and players type will
give us the edge in the long run. glad for the extension.
 

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Marotta until 2025 is better news than I was expecting! I'm now at least confident we won't be dragged down into complete irrelevance.
Same. I was expecting one-year extension but certainly not a long-term one. Great news. Something to feel optimistic for the future.
 
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