Thohir To Implement Salary Cap At Inter

by Juan Arango on Jan.02.2014
  1. Three years after Lots of groans came out of fans of the Nerozzurri when new Internazionale Milano owner Erick Thohir announced that he would be implementing a salary cap to the club come next season.  This is at least his intention as he made it public on Thursday and was reported by news agency ANSA. Thohir announced that starting next season his club will not have any contracts that will surpass €2.5 million ($3.4 million).  

  2. This would be a major hit to the club from a competitive standpoint as several players would be considered expendable based on the criteria thrown out by the Indonesian magnate. Players such Diego Milito and Estaban Cambiasso, who earn €5 million ($6.8 million) and €4.6 million ($6.2 million) per year respectively would be two of the players to make an exit from Inter at the end of his contract this June. These two are amongst the four highest paid players in Serie A behind Roma's Daniele De Rossi and Napoli's Gonzalo Higuaín.  (NOTE Juve's Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente also earn $6.1 million)

    Others that would be looked at would be Argentine international's Rodrigo Palacio ($ 3.5 million until 2015). 

    Another player that would be saved from this condition would be the club's iconic captain Javier Zanetti, whose salary is €1.5 million ($2 million) but his current contract expires at the end of this season.  Zanetti was vocal about his present and his future at the club and said while in Argentina that he was good enough to play a few more seasons and would like retire at the  the club he has be at for 18 years because they "deserve it".  Zanetti also mentioned that his stay at the Italian side would "depend on Thohir" and also backed him by saying that he has "very clear ideas".    

    One player that would definitely be on the way out of Il Biscione is central defender Walter Samuel, whose various injuries have seen him spend more time in rehab than on the pitch.  

    Although it is seen as a cost-cutting measure, it can also be looked as a chance to be able to retool with new players. This will be a very tough sell knowing the limitations that the club would have if they were to compete against teams like Juventus, Roma, Napoli while not including some of the other European heavy hitters.  To a lesser extent, this would also see them complicated when looking to compete with AC Milan, despite their economic troubles right now.  
  3. At the same time that his news came out, there is also speculation that Inter would be interested in obtaining the services of Bosnian goalscorer Edin Dzeko. The speculation of that move was mentioned the past few months, but has gathered more steam these days.  

    This is what makes this story a bit more puzzling.  Obviously, Dzeko is not going to go to Inter for less than his current salary at Manchester City, which would be one the highest salary in Serie A at €6.2 million ($8.4 million).  Let's see if there are some other warnings that may emerge as this news story develops throughout the remainder of this season.  

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