It was too quiet to be true. Now it seems that the explanation of Inter's lack of activity in the transfer market was related to the search for a new coach to replace Leonardo.
The Brazilian is said to be on the verge of moving to Paris Saint Germain, where he played in 1996-97 before joining AC Milan. Apparently the PSG owners are determined to re-shape the squad and the club organization at all levels, through the expertise and the football knowledge of former footballers of the highest calibre - Leonardo, Ali Benarbia, Claude Makelele. Leonardo's has been offered by a managerial position at PSG a là Ferguson - a central figure in a very exciting renaissance project.
Hard to believe that Leonardo is leaving Milan in the very moment he's supposed to design the new Inter. But the Brazilian coach is a man of feelings and he realized there was no enthusiasm at Inter for him. Only one month ago he was Inter's board third choice behind Guardiola and Mourinho - he kept his job only because none of the two was available anymore.
Leo has not signed anything yet and Moratti has already denied everything: "Our coach is and will be Leonardo". But the usually well informed L'Equipe is adamant the deal is done.
If so, Inter's new coach will be Marcelo Bielsa. It would be a make or break choice. A very brave pick from Moratti. A wonderful pick, in my opinion. I must admit I am partial to Bielsa as I really admire this coach - very few will remember but he was one of the two names I suggested in this blog as Rafa Benitez's replacement. Marcelo Bielsa has strong views about everything and he's a proven master of playing beautiful attacking football at high tempo on the opponent's half. The 3-3-1-3 formation is his trademark. A scheme that seems designed to exploit Wesley Sneijder's talent - it would be an even greater pity to see the Dutch moving to Old Trafford.
Now, none can deny that the appointment of the former Argentina and Chile coach is full of risks, and not only due to his bold tactical approach. Bielsa is not a man of compromise and it can be a problem in Italy, but he will be a welcomed figure anyway. A breath of fresh air in a stagnating world. The latest match-fixing scandal exposed Italian football environment at its worst. Just as it is. To change habits you need to change values and [some] people. New characters like Bielsa, known for his integrity, can help to accelerate the this process.
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