VIEWS FROM ITALY: Collapse of the European Super League risks the death of Italian football

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Following the rapid death of the European Super League, Juventus, AC Milan and Inter – along with many other Serie A clubs – will have to undergo a major restructuring to resolve their current financial mess.

Italy’s biggest clubs are in danger of drowning in the ocean of debt amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The Super League was always doomed to fail because of the ‘greedy’ approach of the 12 founders who would have made football even more elitist than it is today.

Serie A trio AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus were founders of the Super League

The trio of Italian teams – along with Man United, City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid – would each receive £ 300 million at kick-off.

This windfall would have given Italian clubs a way out of the financial situation they find themselves in. The smaller parties are celebrating the cancellation of the Super League as a victory, but perhaps only for now.

They, like Juve, AC and Inter, will ultimately suffer from the lack of money that will swirl around in the summer transfer window, which will make Italian football uncompetitive in the future.

Without the money needed to make the desired moves in the summer, the top Italian clubs will have to be smart in the transfer market if they want to move forward. But it can come at a price.

Juventus forward Paulo Dybala is just one Serie A star who could soon be cheap

Juventus forward Paulo Dybala is just one Serie A star who could soon be cheap

Gianluigi Donnarumma's contract with AC Milan expires at the end of the current season

Gianluigi Donnarumma’s contract with AC Milan expires at the end of the current season

Given the current economic climate, clubs will have to sell some of their key players in order to regain a competitive level financially.

Serie A teams will also have to resign themselves to losing stars who come to the end of their contracts – including Juventus’ Paulo Dybala and Milan duo Gianluigi Donnarumma and Hakan Calhanoglu.

Without the Super League’s £ 3.03 billion investment fund initially acquired through JP Morgan, Italian football will have to look for new solutions to remain competitive – otherwise the game in this country could be in ruins.

Below, Sportsmail took a close look at key takeaways from the fallout from the Super League …

INTER FIND ITSELF IN A MESSAGE

Inter is in the midst of a financial mess and their participation in the Super League is said to have kept them economically stable.

Steven Zhang initially joined the Super League to solve the club’s economic problems.

Inter was hit hard during the Covid-19 pandemic, and its owners – Suning – were recently forced to shut down their Chinese football clubs due to financial difficulties.

But after the threat of expulsion from Serie A, and with the club on the verge of taking their first league title since 2009-10, they reverted to their original decision to join the European company.

Inter will now have to look for smart solutions to solve their financial crisis, and it is increasingly unlikely that the club will be able to keep the team on the brink of glory in Italy intact.

Next year it will be difficult to offer star striker Romelu Lukaku, who has been linked with a return to the Premier League – Man City is interested in his services and can offer better terms than he currently does.

And it will also be extremely difficult to keep Antonio Conte, who will demand an even higher salary in his third year at the San Siro.

The future of Romelu Lukaku and Antonio Conte is unclear during the Inter Milan financial crisis

The future of Romelu Lukaku and Antonio Conte is unclear during the Inter Milan financial crisis

JUVENTUS FANS PROTESTS AGAINST THEIR CLUB

Protests start to manifest right outside Juventus stadium following their involvement in the Super League’s plans – with Andrea Agnelli being one of the key figures in shaping the controversial tournament.

Two banners specifically stand out from protests from outraged fans, who believe the Juve board has used the club as a business tool.

A banner said, “Our history cannot be sold. We are Juventus! No to the Super League! You should be ashamed!’

The other read, “Loss Accounts, Deficits and Super League. You don’t care about your fans. ‘

These two banners were put together by Juventus ultras, who go by the name ‘Viking’, and were just hung outside the club’s stadium in solidarity with all the supporters of the 12 teams involved in the damaging Super League.

There were also messages addressed directly to Agnelli for his key role in the recent bombshell that sparked a civil war in football.

Andrea Agnelli has received a fierce response after playing a key role in the Super League's plans

Andrea Agnelli has received a fierce response after playing a key role in the Super League’s plans

AGNELLI IS RIPPED TO PIECES …

The president of Juventus, a key figurehead in the Super League’s proposals, is being knocked down from all sides.

Agnelli’s failure in his attempt to change the landscape of European football will have repercussions in Italy and across the continent, and will definitely change the way people view the Juventus hierarchy in the future.

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin went to war against Agnelli and all Serie A clubs not involved in the Super League have expressed hatred and anger at the latter’s decision to try to change the course of European football.

And to make matters worse for Agnelli, he could soon see Cristiano Ronaldo leave in the summer of 2018 – a player he did everything he could to get in.

Ronaldo will pay out the last 12 months of his contract in Turin with his € 31 million (£ 27 million) salary and then seek a move to another top European club for the latter part of his storied career after he clears Juventus’s financial accounts. almost killed it.

Without the Super League and the money that would have come with it, the chances of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner staying in Turin after 2022 are nonexistent.

Cristiano Ronaldo appears to be leaving Juventus shortly after Agnelli made every effort to secure his services in 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo appears to be leaving Juventus shortly after Agnelli made every effort to secure his services in 2018

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