How long is it open for though? Till Feb 1st?On the other hand we did shit... surely we could at least swap Pinamonti for a more experienced striker within the league or loan someone in? No need for multi millions for that...
Kolarov doesn't count. But yeah, I think we can survive with Young/Darmian and then Perisic against weak defenses.I still maintain we don't need LWB now anyhow with 5-6 options for that position in the current squad.
9.5mill is what the club would have earned from UEFA for a last 16 appearance, a decent amount but hardly a huge figure.Pinamonti is unsellable, his salary is 3,3 m gross, which is much much more than any players earn at the smaller serie a sides who would want him.
Its an absurd salary really, for a player like him.
Pinamonti can basically only leave on loan where we pay the majority of his salary and then we hope he impresses enough for a bigger team to gamble on him in a permanent deal.
Buying pinamonti back for quite alot of money and offering him a fairly high salary was really a bonehead move by the management.
Even if eriksen is offloaded, I wouldn't count on anyone else joining. We can't pay player wages currently and we are also behind on our payments for hakimi and probably Lukaku as well. We are in such deep sh*t financially right now.
I guess crashing out of Europe had consequences after all... Who would have thought.
Moratti was already a fan of EPL...he loved Ince and made sure he came when Moratti became President. I'm sure he followed the WC closely and was wowed by Owen's goal like most.Owen and the Inter rumours in 1998: 'I studied Italian'
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Former England international Michael Owen has revealed he studied Italian in 1998 to be ready for a possible move to Inter.
The former Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle and Manchester United forward, remembers interest from Massimo Moratti’s Inter in the late 1990’s.
“After the World Cup in 1998, when I was at Liverpool, there was interest from Italian clubs,” Owen told Sky Sport Italia.
“My manager at the time was the same as David Platt’s and he had a good relationship with many Presidents.
“There was certainly contact with [Massimo] Moratti’s Inter, and certainly with a couple of Italian clubs.
“I remember taking Italian lessons in case I had to go abroad. It never happened, but when I was young, Italian football was the best in the world.”
Ronaldo-Owen would have been interesting
Probably JZ was the one who recommended Owen after seeing his famous goal in France 98 in person...
Robbie Keane too.Moratti was already a fan of EPL...he loved Ince and made sure he came when Moratti became President. I'm sure he followed the WC closely and was wowed by Owen's goal like most.
As for Owen, I think he'd have found Serie A attractive since it was super strong at the time. Big names in the league like Roberto Baggio, Ronaldo, etc. and you had Juventus in 3 consecutive CL Finals by the time WC 1998 rolled around. Our UEFA Cup win with Ronaldo would definitely have registered with him as well. I'm pretty sure that the quality of Italians who moved to the EPL like Zola, Ravanelli and Vialli (not to mention foreign Serie A stars like Desailly) would have played a role too.
Owen mentions Platt who played for @ToniSamp before his move to Arsenal in `95. Speaking of the Samp connection, how many people remember that Lee Sharpe joined them on loan in 98/99? 😁 Platt was the manager then. I didn't know about the loan until I saw Sharpe getting ready to come on as a sub...and I was like "wtf, is this real? But why?". Commentators were all on about how Sharpe would be Samp's saviour. Btw, Samp got relegated at the end of the season.
Who cares? This is not an argument for anything, I don't know why you keep mentioning this. It doesn't matter if the other Italian teams had even crappier groups, how is that relevant to our failure to beat crap teams? It was still a weak group, especially considering we were in pot 3 and got the easiest team from pot 2.Among the Italian clubs we had the toughest draw in the CL this season.
No, obviously he is not 'just always unlucky in Europe', but this season specifically he was unfortunate. Missed chances aside, with proper and fair use of VAR against Real and Shakhtar (that rhymed lol) he reaches last 16.Bottom line is that when you are being paid over 20m in gross salary, then it's simply not enough to only do good in the domestic league, particularly when there is so much important revenue to be gained in the CL. That makes him a financial liability to the club.
Singling out a few specific incidents or missed chances to somehow exonerate cunte of all blame is laughable. Particularly when we are talking about fairly weak opponents. There will always be missed chances and incidents occasionally, but that hardly means those games shouldn't have been won anyways or that the coach is not to blame.
Failing horribly in Europe is a pattern with cunte anyways, or perhaps he is just always unlucky lol.