Italy’s top division, the Serie A, was once a glowing beacon of European football and one that stood on its own against the likes of the English Premier League, Spain’s La Liga and Germany’s Bundesliga.
Admittedly, the division has since suffered a bit of a decline as its popularity around the world took a hit, however it has still managed to obtain a reputation as one of the best in the world that continues to attract the world’s best players, whilst allow for online gambling to happen in its droves.
However, things could be about to get a whole lot worse for the league, with rumours suggesting that some of the best players could walk away from the division because of the financial crisis that is at play.
Famously, Inter Milan president, Steven Zhang, had asked players and staff if they would be willing to give up two months’ wages to help the club get through the difficult financial period, however no one is yet to accept the pleas as of yet.
And, it seems a number of Serie A clubs have taken inspiration from the Nerazzurri, as many of them have decided to talk to the Players’ Association about a potential two-month pay cut of their own.
SSC Napoli are thought to be the only team not in trouble at the moment, although this is largely down to the prudent management by President De Laurentiis when it comes down to finances; perhaps he has been playing on the online slots real money games that are available to play?
It is understood by Tuttosport, as per The Daily Mail, that a unanimous vote was held on Friday’s Serie A meeting in which steps would be taken to lower the cost of wages currently being paid.
However, it is understood that these moves could look to force some of the biggest stars currently playing in Italy to look for alternatives, with moves to England’s Premier League, Spain’s La Liga, Germany’s Bundesliga or even France’s Ligue 1 as possibilities.
Players that could be on the move could include talented individuals such as Lautauro Martinez, Paulo Dybala, Romelu Lukaku and many, many others who are currently amongst the leading names within the Serie A.
Inter Milan are in a rather precarious position, as are city-neighbours and fierce rivals AC Milan, as well as Juventus, due to their involvement in the infamous European Super League.
Whilst rulings from the meeting between the Serie A clubs would prevent clubs from filing for bankruptcy or fail to register for the upcoming league campaign, the aforementioned trio could be hit with further financial sanctions.
UEFA could look to ban the three from competing in the UEFA Champions League because of their keenness to create a European Super League, whilst they may also be hit with hefty fines that they simply can not afford to deal with at the moment.