Talk about ignorance. We need to reduce our costs significantly. How we can do that? Loaning Mariga, Muntari and Pandev for an year? No, that doesn't solve anything. We rather do that AND sell Eto'o so that there is some long-term saving. With some of the Eto'o money, we can replace some of the departures. Without Eto'o money, we can't replace our departures. It was simply not sustainable for Inter to keep Eto'o in long-term.
The only person being ignorant here is you. The numbers posted in Gazzetta were only posted to make Inter fans feel better about the sale. Period. Those numbers are in no way, shape or form, indicative of any "savings" we might get from the Eto'o sale because it is making many, many, many assumptions which, at this point in time, will 100% prove to be false.
(1) It is assuming that we will remain exactly as competitive and hence, at a minimum, make the CL group stage and at a maximum, go far into the tournament. Do you realize that, say we get ko'd in the group stages this year (because our attack is now POS), or say we don't even make CL next year (again, because where are those 21 Serie A goals coming from?) that that will be lost income? That that income has to be calculated against the "savings" from eto'o sale?
(2) It is assuming that will remain without additional buys. Lavezzi, Forlan and Tevez are the rumors as "replacements". Lavezzi and Forlan both will have salaries of at least 2.5mil each. Tevez will be at least 6-7mil. Transfer fees e.t.c included and the "savings" will not be "99mil".
(3) It is assuming that eto'o generates ZERO dollars in merchandise/advertising/popularity for Inter. Do you know how many Eto'o shirts are bought? Do you know what the impact of Eto'o's sale on attendance will be? If our fanbase might increase/decrease? Again, very naive to believe our most popular player (and a very popular player WORLDWIDE) will have zero impact on Inter revenue and as such, something again that goes against the supposed "savings".
Your ignorance (and the ignorance of many of our fans) is why Gazzetta posted those numbers. Get you guys to say "wow, it makes sense to sell eto'o because look how much money we're saving!".
Last year, we sold Balotelli and I asked who was going to replace his 9-10 goals and 5-6 assists. The answer then was coutinho/biabiany
and as I said and was PROVEN, they could not deliver the quality and our attack suffered because of it. I will ask the same, who is going to replace 34 goals + 14 assists?
Any 1 high quality player that "may" replicate that output and keep us competitive will cost a pretty penny in transfer fee + salary, making the "savings" very, very, very small (if any).
Any 2 medium quality players that may replicate that output and keep us competitive will cost a pretty penny in transfer fee + salary, making the "savings" very, very, very small.
Any quality below the above 2 options will result in a further reduction in competitiveness, which, like it or not, has a severe impact on our income.