A sure sign of a club in deep financial problems is when they start to sell off future revenue on order to get cash now. And that is exactly what Inter president Erick Thohir has done.
Inter are hemorrhaging money, the club has reportedly accumulated €230 million worth of loans in the last 12 months, and as we all know, Thohir does not have the deep pockets to bail out the club.
So the Nerazzurri have been forced into a deal that was completed with the Singaporean finance company Indies Special Opportunities Ltd.
The deal sees Inter receive €9m, as reported by Il Sole 24 Ore Radiocor Plus, and they will pay back the figure plus interest, which will add to their debt, when they receive revenue from season tickets sales for the 2016/17 campaign.
Think about that for a second. Inter are so cash poor, that they have to pledge their season ticket revenue in order to get working capital through the summer. How did it come to this?
Thohir has been gambling with house money that Mancini could deliver Champions League football this season, and the riches that come with that.
Mancini failed and the financial repercussions will be huge. Players like Icardi, Jeison Murillo, Ivan Perisic and Marcelo Brozovic could be sold this summer in order to satisfy the bankers, putting Inter even further behind Juventus, Napoli and Roma for next season.