INTER MILAN’S financial might is now so strong they can “comfortably” bid for Cristiano Ronaldo, says the club’s director.
Piero Ausilio insists new owners Suning Group have enough cash reserves they can afford even the biggest names – and that includes Chelsea boss Antonio Conte.
And the plan is that the Serie A side will once more be able to compete with the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United and Man City in the transfer market.
However, Ausilio admits a move for someone of Ronaldo’s calibre is out of the question because of Financial Fair Play rules.
Speaking of Ronaldo, who became Europe’s all-time top league goalscorer in the win over Celta Vigo, Ausilio said: “The new Chinese owners could comfortably buy the most famous players in the world, such as Cristiano Ronaldo.
“But the truth is we can’t do that because of Financial Fair Play, which takes into account the development of the club.
“It’s a path that takes time, ideas and management. We have to make as few mistakes as possible, certainly fewer than we’ve made this term.
“Every day I read about players we’re supposed to be buying, but the truth is we must respect the salary cap.
“Our revenue is £170million – £200m, whereas Juventus – who participate regularly in the Champions League – make £340m.”
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Inter currently sit eighth in the Italian league on 56 points, a massive 29 behind leaders Juventus.
Paulo Dybala has been one of the stars for the Old Lady - but he could have been at Inter.
Ausilio said: "Inter tried to sign Dybala but there was a £17m different with Juventus and he went there."