A rough month, during which they failed to win any of their five games to start the new year, ended miserably for Inter. There was a protest, and there were a couple of signings. Hernanes, the midfielder formerly of Lazio, is the expensive boost of hope.
Yet February started without him, and the club lost for the 100th time against Juventus.
Life under president Erick Thohir is not easy. He came for the first match, and he anointed former majority owner Massimo Moratti as an honorary president. But Thohir has watched much of the action from his home in Indonesia. Only when supporters rose like an angry mob did he reconsider and eventually called off the transfer of Fredy Guarin to Juventus. “The fans just want answers,” Moratti told Italian news agency ANSA.
A businessman by nature, Thohir plans to implement a salary cap by the start of next season, a number reportedly around €2.5 million a year per player. Esteban Cambiasso and Diego Milito make more than €4 million, and the club could offload Andrea Ranocchia, Guarin and Mauro Icardi by August.
It is part of what Thohir has called “the last year of a fantastic era.” Cristian Chivu, always wearing a soft helmet for protection, could retire because of injuries. A similar decision awaits defenders Walter Samuel and Javier Zanetti.
Here are several players that Inter could lure in the summer, if the owner and his team wish to use the money wisely and bring about real change.