The transfer season is mercifully slowing down. The lack of available cash nationwide to dole out on transfers seems to only intensify the rabid, imaginary documentation that is oddly identified as “sports reporting” in
Item 1. Joel Obi goes out on loan to
Item 2. As of this writing Olsen has yet to be loaned out, contrary to many, many reports out there. Speculation is rife and probably rightly so, but there is no truth to this yet... Having said that, I think that Mazzarri loves this kid. Even though, you know, he hates young players.
Item 3. Reporters are hovering like vultures in the desert around Moratti. They are desperate to announce the sale of shares of Inter. Over the last 3 months we have heard that these sales are imminent almost weekly – much to the chagrin of the various newspapers that have falsely reported this. So, having been burned at least once, in some cases thrice, reporters are reticent to announce anything, but they are doing so in such a way in which they try to lead the reader to a conclusion. “there has been a meeting of the Inter Board of Directors…” “Thohir’s cronies have been spotted at xyz…” It’s getting kind of funny. The news will be announced when it becomes relevant. My personal opinion is that it will happen either mid September or mid October. If not by mid October then I doubt it’ll be announced this year. It’s just a gut feeling I have – pure speculation.
Item 4. Botta the Attacking Argie that Inter got from
Item 5. There is a significant rift in the politics of the league happening. The triumvirate of Lotito, Galliani and De La, in the person of Serie A President Maurizio Beretta, is being challenged by Inter, Juve, Fiorentina, Roma, Sampdoria, Sassuolo and
This new grouping is much harder to ignore and the genesis is a bit more personal. Most of the big clubs in
And that brings us to yesterday. The 7 teams left out of the league leadership acted again and sent a letter (contents leaked, of course) to the Serie A leadership. Basically, it demanded a new strategy for the next cycle of TV rights. Amongst the demands is a reexamination of using Infront Sports and Media (the controversial company that had FIFA leader Sepp Blatter’s nephew as President) who received a perceived disproportionate fee for questionable results in overseas promotion of Serie a and a more common sense approach to TV rights in Italy. Specifically named was the current (and frankly puzzling) foreign TV deal that left Serie A receiving much less money and orders of magnitude less exposure than the EPL for example. Beretta said that there is already a committee discussing these things. Quick, hands up who thinks that Galliani is in charge of that committee despite the obvious and remarkable ethical quandary that his presence in such a discussion invites.
Hence, the reform need, and the reform probably no happen. President Bunga Bunga happy and the other 70% of Italian football sad. Savvy?
Item 6. Those of you who were upset about the lineup against