Inter won't splash cash, says president: report

Inter won't splash cash, says president: report
Inter Milan president Erick Thohir

MILAN - Inter Milan president Erick Thohir said his priority will be putting the club back on a sound financial footing and not splashing the cash on top drawer players, according to reports Wednesday.

Thohir, who recently acquired a 70 per cent majority stake in the Nerazzurri from former owner Massimo Moratti, was elected president of the Serie A giants two weeks ago.

Fans are hoping his investment will lead to a move away from the San Siro ground Inter share with city rivals AC Milan to a new, purpose-built arena.

Having finished ninth in the league last season under former coach Andrea Stramaccioni, there are also hopes Thohir will attract big name players to the club.

However the 43-year-old Indonesian businessman, who has already invested in Major League Football club DC United and the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball team, indicated that fans may have to be patient.

"If you ask me if I'm going to buy new players, my answer is always the same," Thohir told La Gazzetta dello Sport on Wednesday.

"Our decisions will be taken together, but with one eye on the budget.

There would be no unilateral decision on my part, that's what's different from the past.

"We will buy players, but we're going to be careful with our spending. Our objective is financial restructuring, creating a club which is in sound financial health, as agreed with Moratti."

One player reportedly on Thohir's radar is Radja Nainggolan, a Belgian international of Indonesian heritage who currently plays at Serie A strugglers Cagliari.

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