Marotta-Suning total agreement on transfer, stadium and an elite Inter in Europe
When Beppe Marotta landed at Juventus, Inter celebrated their fifth consecutive Scudetto and stepped on the highest podium of European football 15 days later in Madrid. One year later, the streak was interrupted by Milan and after that, starting from 2012 onwards, the Juventus dynasty began.
When Marotta arrives at Inter the season will be almost at a turning point but the goal remains the same: putting an end to this domination and taking the top spot as its leader. Perhaps not immediately but also not too long because Steven Zhang, as Andrea Agnelli before, is in a hurry. The next CEO of Inter should return from China between tonight and tomorrow after meeting with Steven Zhang and Zhang Jindong, father and founder of the Suning empire, the man who has to give the final yes.
The meeting, which was also attended by Ren Jun, Zhang Sr’s right hand man at Suning and a member of Inter board of directors, only had positive implications: total agreement.
The “vision” and projects were evaluated, details were defined and contract is now set (€1.5M a year plus important bonuses), and there will be time to formalize his entry as the CEO for the sporting area of the club. To make Marotta an Inter executive, contract signing and official announcement will suffice while an entry to the board of directors, there will be a minor meeting later on. Steven Zhang will return to Milan only after the game in London against Tottenham at the end of the month but the official appointment should arrive mid December, after Juve-Inter on the 7th, a highly anticipated game by both fanbases.
The objective, as well as fighting for the title in Italy, is to remain among the “elected” of Europe: the machine is already started here and by mid December, Inter could become the top 16 teams in Europe. Then there is the financial part of it all, infrastructure (stadium in particular), brand and marketing. Marotta will be the CEO for sporting aspect of the club, this was discussed at length with Zhang in China.