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Or we can sign a commercial contract with them which allows them to place a sporting banner in our training camp, conveniently for 7m. The contract will only be effective if they can sign a specific player e.g. Joao Mario who can 'help' to boost their marketability.

Too easy.

If have a team of lawyers and accountants and still can't pull this off, you lack imagination. Clubs usually dont do this because they value relationships. But in this case, bridges were burnt when Sporting offered 3m for used the clause to limit our options.
 
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I do not see how Benfica can pay Inter 7.5 million under the table without that money being accounted for.

Either they will buy one of our youth players or give us a discount on one of their players. I don't think this will be difficult. Marotta is a canny operator, Sporting should have known better than to fuck with him.
 

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Marotta is a canny operator, Sporting should have known better than to fuck with him.

Marotta and Co are super canny and business savvy.

PSG: We want Hakimi.
Marotta: €80m
PSG: How about 70?
Marotta: 60 + 8 sounds good :einstein:

As much as people like him - and I like Marotta as well - he's too sensible at times and he always has been.

Make no mistake about it, if fucking Retardham were actually smart enough to offer €45m + 5m bonuses for Skriniar, Marotta would accept it without hesitation. Don't forget that.

That aside, he's half operating under duress here due to the Suning disaster. Wouldn't surprise me in the slightest if we cut Mario, while copping a MASSIVE capital loss, simply to get his wages off the books.
 

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Chance this absolute waster becomes a world beater now and ends up playing for Barca in a years time, as we look on like fucking idiots.
Chances close to zero. However, yes, we could not even do future-fee type of deal, as the link between our club and the player has been terminated.

Current market value €12m and we couldn`t even get €7.5m for this turd because of that clause in the contract. Can`t believe how cocksucking the leagal team was back in 2016, accepting such a clause - hope karma will pay them back with an interest rate.

The only positive from this is that Marotta fucked Sporting CP over for their behavior, sending out a clear message to all the clubs out there. Except Cagliari, who has been owning our transfer team for the past couple of years.
 

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so we are releasing him for free, because we owe his agent, Pastorello, money and now it will be paid by Benfica not us.
 

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^^ Source?

It seems that Sporting are also expecting an under-the-table kind of deal.


Today’s print edition of Lisbon-based newspaper Record: Sporting CP have written a letter to Inter inquiring about why midfielder Joao Mario’s contract with the club was terminated.

The Nerazzurri were unable to reach an agreement with Sporting for his sale due to the latter’s unwillingness to meet their valuation, and the deal fell through, leading the Nerazzurri to listen to other offers.

Sporting’s Lisbon rivals jumped to the front of the queue in recent weeks, convincing both Inter and the player, and a deal has thought to have been all but done for some days.

However, an obstacle to the sale has thought to have been Sporting’s threats of legal action based around invoking a supposed clause in the terms of his original sale from Sporting to Inter in 2016 which prevents the Nerazzurri from selling him to any of their Portuguese rivals under threat of financial penalty.

Inter and Sporting appear to have found a way around this obstacle, with the clubs circumventing the clause by having the Nerazzurri agree a termination of contract with the player so he can join Benfica as a free agent rather than being sold by the Nerazzurri, with the Lisbon club having an informally agreed debt to Inter equal to the agreed fee.

However, Sporting have sent a letter asking Inter why they have let the player go for free rather than accepting their offer thought to be for around €5 million this summer, and could look to pursue legal action anyway. :yao:
 

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so we are releasing him for free, because we owe his agent, Pastorello, money and now it will be paid by Benfica not us.
:einstein:

^^ Source?

It seems that Sporting are also expecting an under-the-table kind of deal.


Today’s print edition of Lisbon-based newspaper Record: Sporting CP have written a letter to Inter inquiring about why midfielder Joao Mario’s contract with the club was terminated.

The Nerazzurri were unable to reach an agreement with Sporting for his sale due to the latter’s unwillingness to meet their valuation, and the deal fell through, leading the Nerazzurri to listen to other offers.

Sporting’s Lisbon rivals jumped to the front of the queue in recent weeks, convincing both Inter and the player, and a deal has thought to have been all but done for some days.

However, an obstacle to the sale has thought to have been Sporting’s threats of legal action based around invoking a supposed clause in the terms of his original sale from Sporting to Inter in 2016 which prevents the Nerazzurri from selling him to any of their Portuguese rivals under threat of financial penalty.

Inter and Sporting appear to have found a way around this obstacle, with the clubs circumventing the clause by having the Nerazzurri agree a termination of contract with the player so he can join Benfica as a free agent rather than being sold by the Nerazzurri, with the Lisbon club having an informally agreed debt to Inter equal to the agreed fee.

However, Sporting have sent a letter asking Inter why they have let the player go for free rather than accepting their offer thought to be for around €5 million this summer, and could look to pursue legal action anyway. :yao:
Sporting trying real hard to enter my list of most-hated clubs.
 

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So we owed Pastorello 4m€. Fine, that covers part of the 7.5m€.

But where's the 3.5m€?

I hope there's some under the table deal for that 3.5m€.
 
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Sporting announced they will take legal action against Inter over Joao Mario.
 

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I've found a clause on Twitter. I'm not sure how much reliable it is, but it doesn't look like a fake
If this is accurate, Sporting simply have a right of first refusal. A right of first refusal is pretty simple so i doubt we would have got into so much trouble and gone for a contract termination to circumvent it.
 

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Didn't we talk about Icardi having a clause like that if he would go to Juve? And many here said that it isn't legal?

Btw, him going for free or not is no concern. I'm just happy he is gone.
 

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It's nonsensical. We would have consulted legal experts before we initiated such a deal. They would have given us the green light, and would be liable if they were to be wrong. We also could have even taken out an insurance agreement with a 3rd party in the event Sporting's lawsuit was valid (if we were actually concerned).

Nothing to be concerned about here. He's gone forever. May the celebrations commence.
 
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