Wednesday January 22 2014
The lowest point for Inter

Inter’s broken negotiations with Juventus over Fredy Guarin and Mirko Vucinic’s swap represents a PR disaster for the Nerazzurri, says Jeremy Lim.

In the end, fan power prevailed. Fredy Guarin’s switch from Inter to Juventus in exchange for Mirko Vucinic was called off on Tuesday due to the widespread protests of Nerazzurri supporters, yet the whole affair still reads like an unmitigated public relations disaster for the side.

Afraid of being played as fools on the transfer front again, irate fans boycotted the Colombian’s departure, making their distaste of the administration who sanctioned the move loud and vocal in front of the club’s offices. It eventually took President Erick Thohir’s intervention to pull the plug on the deal that would have seen Vucinic and a token fee move the other way.

“I felt it was not possible to reach an agreement on a deal in which the opinions of the two parties differed and which did not offer a clear financial or technical benefit to the club,” the patron clarified. “I believe we must all remain united, the fans, the club and the team so that we can get back to the standing we all want for this club and that Inter deserves.”

Except, just months into his reign to restore Inter to past glories, Thohir is struggling to retain charge of the collective will at La Pinetina as confusion reigns. Coach Walter Mazzarri apparently threatened to resign following last weekend’s 1-0 defeat to Genoa if not furnished with the striker he was so actively seeking in the winter market. Meanwhile, Guarin’s alleged decision to go on strike from contractual obligations will not sit well with the club faithful after notable run-ins this season.

Divided and rudderless, Inter lacked the clear framework to find a joint solution to satisfy all parties. The vital day-to-day touch of Thohir remains virtually unfeasible with the media mogul thousands of kilometres away in Indonesia. “Italian football is accustomed to having the very strong presence of a President in the club’s communications,” director and popular fans’ scapegoat Marco Fassone pointedly stated.

Perhaps the flashpoint would not have been allowed to develop unabated with Thohir’s closer involvement. Inter were a victim of their own devices from day one. Promised a wage increase and a contract extension by the old administration under Massimo Moratti, Guarin saw plans effectively scuppered with the new President’s entry.

Proposing a new salary cap instead and alluding to the squad’s stars being available to interested bidders, Thohir failed to note Guarin’s tangible frustration as the team started dropping points following a bright opening to the campaign. The 27-year-old’s angry reaction to substitutions began rubbing the San Siro crowd the wrong way. Directors Piero Ausilio and Marco Branca eventually set about finding a lucrative resolution in the January market, but apparent failure to strike a transfer to Chelsea or Tottenham saw interest from the Premier League wane, temporarily at least.

Juventus sniffed their opportunity and swooped. Ausilio duly accepted, cornered by the abrasive midfielder whose mind was bent on leaving. Then the heartfelt angst of Inter supporters brought advanced negotiations to a screeching halt. It was not as if Guarin was any particular world-beater - some quarters even considered him an enigma within the squad. But offloading a prized asset to the Nerazzurri’s arch-rivals was deemed to undermine the club’s identity and the board’s credentials too severely.

Guarin stays put for now, but the fallen Milan giants have taken an irreparable hit to their reputation over the farce. There will be a massive cleanup job at hand. Heads will roll in the aftermath even if the immediate melodrama has been put to a stop. Branca’s job is already believed to be on the line, and the unpopular transfer chief is expected to pay the price for his lack of stomach.

The mismanagement of the entire Guarin saga leaves Inter with an urgent need to reassess her transfer options now. The outfit entered 2014 optimistic about cashing in on what had become a troublesome entity, perhaps to facilitate the arrival of a new face in attack - they have yet to achieve either now. With the clock ticking down, time is running out for Thohir and his cronies to sign reinforcements and restore an ailing campaign. Their task of digging Inter out of a newly untenable position will not be an enviable one.

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Have your say...
Inter management are so incompetent... but let's not forget this is the same club that swapped Cannavaro for Carini, Seedorf for Coco, Pirlo for Guly. THEY HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A JOKE
on the 25th January, 2014 at 4:02pm
@inter fan, juventus and more than half of seria a are after D'ambrosio FYI !. To make a comment about that to me describes that you have little knowledge of how the transfer market works......REALLY" Juve are after D'ambrosio just to spite Inter C'MON at least other squads don't "AHEM"! Let the tifosi's do the contractual negotiations. Lets stop with conspiracy theories, theirs bigger and foremost better and alarming events in the world to worry about. FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME........
on the 24th January, 2014 at 2:26pm
those ppl saying that fans shouldnt effect transfers and club policies then u know nth abt football,every club has ultras and if other clubs dont care abt their fans interest then y r there fans to begin with??plus i think inter should sell guarin and ranochia with the offers they reportadly got(10M/7M), then they can buy osvaldo for 10M,and put an extra 1M to finally conclude d'ambrosio's deal,that way they would have got 3 players of the mercato (including botta),FORZA INTER!!
on the 24th January, 2014 at 9:56am
We're being taken down from the inside, particularly by 3 clowns, Ausilio, Fassone (Juventino), and Branca. As long as these 3 egotistical destructive scumbags are in our club, we're going only downhill, and fast! Stop the rot, we've had 3 years of it and it's only going to be hell if we don't stop it! Stop egos and self serving clowns from doing damage to our club.

And Juve, don't lecture us. Look at your petty attempt to get D'Ambrosio in spite of us. Pathetic doesn't cover it.
on the 23rd January, 2014 at 10:33pm
If you ever want to know how not to run a professional club, take a good look at Internationale. A club where fans make and brake deals, a club selling good players and buying inflated talentless players, complaining about referees, and blaming everyone but themselves for their lack of success. Can this club go any lower? Well ill be surprised if they could but never underestimate Inter's ability to humiliate themselves.
on the 23rd January, 2014 at 5:40pm
Lets talk about how petty Rubentus is for trying to enter negotiations with Torino for D'Ambrosio just because Inter already has an agreement with the player to take him for free in the summer. LMFAO what a sad, pitiful attempt at "getting back" at Inter for ending the Guarin-Vucinic negotiation. FORZA INTER!
on the 23rd January, 2014 at 5:35pm

- Something you will never understand about being a fan of a club... Is that you are a fan through the good times and the bad. Yes, we really suck right now, but you know what? Those who are still here are the REAL fans. Not the glory hunters, like you apparently, but the real genuine fans. And I'm proud to call myself a REAL fan of a club, through good times or bad. Success and glory are only transient, for every football club in the world.
on the 23rd January, 2014 at 1:38pm
They build their trebel squad from d profit of buying cheap ibra n sell him to barca with good price benefit, n all d scudetto prize when all commpetitors were weakened by FIGC.
expensive n high cost(wages) team n inter must pay it every year, while calciopoli benefit don't happen every year.
Mou don't want to join d fall.
So,As juve n milan recover,inter r earn less n less.
Next thing we know, they ask for pay cut.
on the 23rd January, 2014 at 7:41am
It is true that Inter handled this poorly, but, as a fan I understand the reaction, we don't forget silly mistakes like selling R.Carlos, Pirlo and Cannavaro. It is also true that Guarin will probably never live up to the aforementioned names, but at least, that will teach the new authority to think twice before imitating the previous administration in making similar mistakes.

That being said, I wish Guarin a goodluck in his new club, and hope we get calm hard-workers like Palacio instead.
on the 23rd January, 2014 at 7:23am
Tohir just embarrassed Moratti by taking back morati's decision, with this one inter became the most redicilous team all over, Guarin will also never ever gonna play for inter and inter will also have to sell him for cheap,since all know about his sorry situation. Feel realy sorry for morati. Inter will suffer the next week in turin 4 or 5-0 at least, those goals will cost tohir 5 mil.forca juve from Macedonia
on the 23rd January, 2014 at 1:10am
The funny thing is the Inter fans think that Guarin is good. He would fit in well with a serie A provincial team, maybe in EPL, but definitely not at Juve. Vucinic has more talent than the entire starting XI of inter. Not to sound harsh, but Inter don't have a tall striker who can hold up the ball and perform 'magic' like Vucinic can - when he's motivated. And at inter he would have had ample playing time. As a Juve fan I would never have made this - inter would have won IMO.
on the 23rd January, 2014 at 12:59am
It's so refreshing to read intelligent and mature comments here. Over at, it's a bunch of 12 year olds trolling non-stop. I wish they would open comments to all articles and not just blogs.
on the 22nd January, 2014 at 11:48pm
@Italian in Canada
Sympathy for the players for sure but to say their careers have been ruined is way over the top.
on the 22nd January, 2014 at 10:18pm
It is just the beginning. ..what can inter expect from Thohir and co?.
Poor decision making, bad leadership, stupid attitude and luck of courage.
As a leader you make a decision and stand by it.
Two funs cry and u make a U turn simple! what about when 100 racist funs refuse your signing of a quality like pogba if you incase get the chance.
If I were Marrotta I would pay some fee to torino to sign Guarin for D'ambrosio and cash to later sign him in the summer. Juve rocks.
on the 22nd January, 2014 at 9:32pm
Lets just say ... What a victory for inter fans have to be inter fan n a big idiot to come out a block a transfer for a player (guarin) that doesnt want to wear that mediocre jersey anymore... Idiots
on the 22nd January, 2014 at 9:26pm
what would other clubs think about Inter after this sage.

Wonder if people would still make deals with Inter in future.
on the 22nd January, 2014 at 9:26pm
@ Anonymous - Inter bought Guarin + Perreyra + Silvestre for 11+11+6 = 28 mill. Juve Paid for Pirlo+pogba+Vidal+Marchisio+Tevez+Llorente for 0+1+11+0+12+0 = 24 mill. Inter is 70 mill in debt and they can't figure out why?? with business like that who would even think of investing money in this team? it's embarassing and you inter fans buy this years jersey? watch Mazzarri's boring assed soccer? HAHAHA!
on the 22nd January, 2014 at 9:22pm
Who is going to buy Guarin for decent amount of money after this joke of the century?

Inter ends up with an unhappy player, who is threatening to rescind his contract and not play.

The most they are gonna get for him now is 5 million.

Only positive for Inter fans is that, they got the management to listen (Even if it wasn't exactly the smartest decision). And that Juve got screwed too.
on the 22nd January, 2014 at 9:18pm
What a great entertainment this was in an otherwise pretty dull mercato.

Inter messed up big time (as always). Pulling the plug this late in the move. Just lol. They should've never gotten into this deal in the first place. Now they were in too deep to pull out. It was a lose-lose situation after the players medicals were done and they chose the worse one imo. The fans are celebrating like this was a great victory for them, not understanding the bigger picture.
on the 22nd January, 2014 at 9:08pm
Isn't anyone concerned for the players? These players have been treated like meat, and bad meat at that. Their careers might be harmed by this, and if so, Inter is to blame, as they began the negotiations by asking for Vucinic. When a team's management and fans begin to ruin the careers of players, it's the beginning of the end for that team.
on the 22nd January, 2014 at 8:04pm
Who the hell cares about PR? What's important is making a good move. Guarin and Vucinic is not a fair exchange right now. Just consider how little they're going to pay for Vucinic and that Guarin's market value should only have increased since they bought him for 11million.

The right exchange is Isla for Guarin. Isla is DM/CM who can play RWB. You put him in the center at Inter and suddenly their midfield is terrific. And he could pair with Kovacic, who plays the same position as Verratti.
on the 22nd January, 2014 at 7:56pm
@SIGN BRANCA TO A 10 YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION, Inter stands for Internazionale hence the foreign players historically and currently. But lets talk about things that actually matter ... like how Juve have won 30 Serie A titles and have a meager 2 CL titles, and the most recent being in the mid-90s! LOL. This Juve squad is the same old story, can grind out wins in Serie A then flop on the European stage. Juve is and will always be an afterthought in Europe. Only 1 city worth anything in Italy, MILAN.
on the 22nd January, 2014 at 7:47pm
"Agree" Juveman and well put. BTW Anonymous also agree on your 1st post about the Guarin/Messi comparison.
on the 22nd January, 2014 at 7:34pm
Juan Iturbe and Edison Cavani to Inter...lolz
on the 22nd January, 2014 at 7:31pm
@ Anonymous - You know what's pathetic.....not one italian midielder or striker has scored for inter this season, not one italian played on the field last week, Inter was outsmarted by the tactics of Gasperini, inter paid what was is 13 mill for Perreira and they know that they cannot get their money back on that deal, inter went out and got Silvestre and Schelotto to strengthen this side and none of them made the team, Mazzarri is the one that asked for Vucinic not branca, shall i continue ?
on the 22nd January, 2014 at 7:22pm
Branca and Fassone should get the boot!. I'm a Juve fan and thought it would've been a robbery if Juve got Guarin, not that Vucinic is bad. Lets not forget that Inter were faced with an ultimatum by Mazzarri to get an effective striker or he'd quit.Their were many factors that were not taken into account.All in all D'ambrosio is in the works for Juve! good luck interista's on that one.....Hope your team makes the right choices. OH! "BTW" get some Italians in there.... Forza Seria "A".....
on the 22nd January, 2014 at 7:17pm
Can someone explain the fuss over guarin? He's utterly average at best, and it's not like he'll play all that often at juve - how is he going to displace Pogba/marchisio, Pirlo and Vidal? He's not in the same universe as them.

Additionally, what sane person would want to spend money on vucinic? When was the last time he actually did something?

Get milito fit and give icardi a chance!
on the 22nd January, 2014 at 7:09pm
First off, I'm for having 60/40 italian players and foreign players.Lets not forget were in Italy.2nd this is another Inter disaster which is inter's to begin with. BTW! the Isla thing in the summer wasn't a done deal because neither party signed any documents.3rd both parties agreed incl Thohir and Agnelli and Mazzarri for Vuci/Guar. Bottom line when do 2 tifosi's get invited to a negotiating table to persuade an organization to not sell to another team.This is pure madness and stupidity.
on the 22nd January, 2014 at 7:01pm
Hear are the deals Inter is working on:

Padoin for Alvarez

Storari for Handanovic

Juve’s 50 % of Isla for Palacio

Juve’s right to Reto Ziegler for Ranocchia

on the 22nd January, 2014 at 6:43pm
This article is a joke, but that is to be expected these days by Football Italia. The transfer made ZERO sense, doesn't matter if Guarin isn't exactly a top midfielder. He's better and younger than Vucinic who is a joke of a striker on the wrong end of 30. Inter fans did well & the owner listened, i like that. Juve fans should keep it shut too, because a group stage KO in the CL this year is downright pathetic. Forza Inter.
on the 22nd January, 2014 at 6:42pm

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