It’s Friday rooooolllllingggggggg. I don’t know what that is. I just thought of it. Or I stole it from stoners. Either way, it sounds fun.
Here, we recap some of the stories that might have slipped through your eagle eye gaze the previous week.
Alexis Sanchez, Cristiano Biraghi, and Arturo Vidal remain the three players Conte would like to add before the transfer window shuts. Sanchez and Biraghi’s futures are reportedly tied together. Manchester United and Inter have agreed two variations of their deal. Inter want to complete a Biraghi-Dalbert swap first. If they can, the Sanchez deal will be structured differently than if he was the first through the door — something to do with FFP, apparently.
Once the deals for Biraghi and Sanchez are concluded, attention will shift to wrapping up a Vidal deal.
I wrote a deep-dive piece on Sanchez this week: his struggles at United, where/how he played ay his best, and where he would fit with this Inter side. You should read it.
Inter finished fifth in sponsorship ranking
Tough look for my guys.
The Gazetta piece goes on to say Suning will re-negotiate a deal with Pirelli when the present deal expires in 2021 — currently worth £10 million per year. The report also outlines the difficulties Italian clubs have had with raising new sponsorship streams.
Sassuolo jumped into the five by bundling their stadium, training ground, and kit rights. Other clubs have looked at similar deals, but have failed to secure partners. Italian team looked to copy the Premier League model, introducing new spaces — sleeve sponsors etc. — which earn the league’s Big-Six close to £10 million per season alone. Thus far, Italian sides have struggled to strike such deals.
Inter lead season ticket numbers
A better look. Inter topped Italian football in season ticket sales for the upcoming season, selling more than 40,000 season tickets. Libero branded the club the “most followed” in Italy.
Speaking of tickets
More than 60,000 tickets have already been sold for Monday nights curtain raiser against Lecce (who themselves have sold a surprising 18,00 season tickets this year). The club has opened up the third tier and the crowd could top out at closer to 70,00
Expectations are high for the new season. The Antonio Conte era is here. Something just feels a little different. Exciting, right?
I’m a Podcast Man
You probably didn’t miss this: Romelu Lukaku sat down with NBA player, Josh Hart, and some rando, to do a long podcast discussing his time at Manchester United and why he chose to move to Inter Milan.
Spoiler Alert: his time at United stunk and he felt like a scapegoat; he joined Inter because of Conte.
You can watch the whole thing below if you’d like.
Can we take a brief moment to immortalize this. This is the podcast description:
“Welcome to the LightHarted Podcast with Rising NBA Star Josh Hart (New Orleans Pelicans) & Rising Business Mogul Matt Hillman (Cut + Sew).”
HAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAA. That. Is. A. Mazing. They call Josh Hart a rising star (he’s not). They call this Matt dude a rising business mogul. Can you be a rising business mogul? Aren’t you either a mogul or a rising businessman? Or just a businessman? What is he rising? Do they mean he just woke up? That probably makes the most sense based on his complete lack of charisma.
Nothing slaps like allusions of grandeur.
I ran an Icardi poll this week to see whether fans would welcome the former captain back into the first team as it appears unlikely at this stage that he will leave. 46 percent currently say “Yes”, which is, umm, surprising. If you would like to change that figure, be my guest.
Guess who’s back
Luciano Spaellti is in line to take the Ecuadorian national job ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.