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I’m in shock: the useless Daminuta bought by AC Milan!

July 12, 2010 2 comments

I am reading press report after press report, trying to find something that could explain this absolute nonsense. All I can find is the info launched by SkySports and confirmation that this is indeed true: Cristian Daminuta will move from Inter to AC Milan, in a 7 million Euros deal, alongside two other players, Attila Filkor and Marko Fossati.

Daminuta, loving to be Inter's player, in 2008. Photo by gsp.ro

Daminuta comes after a terrible second half of season. Loaned by Dinamo Bucharest from Inter Primavera in January, the player collected 42 minutes in 17 rounds, spending most of his time in the reserve team, in the second division! Dinamo found him useless, unprofessional, damaging to the lockerroom and the club’s image, as a regular in the tabloids. Of course, they refused to take advantage of what seemed an excellent price to make the deal permanent: 500.000 Euros. What on earth could have recommended this arrogant and limited individual for such an impressive deal between two of the most important clubs in the world? Maybe a statement released by the player in January (when his two neurons accidentally met), when Daminuta said that he doesn’t even want to hear about a return to Inter, although he was under contract until 2013 and had absolutely no idea if Dinamo will buy him in the summer. As much as the two clubs from Milano apparently hate each other – at least this is what their poor fans believe -, I doubt that this alone could have lead to the player’s inclusion in such an important deal.

My opinion? Well, one similar to the one released by Cornel Dinu, a former Dinamo legend, currently working for the Bucharest side: “You’d have to go through a lot of trouble at times to try and justify important sums of money, either you’re in Italy or Romania…”

PS I know that the one of the player’s (former?) agents Cristea Opria is probably trying to do his job, but in case this is true “Inter will pay 5 million Euros for Daminuta and 2 for the other two players”, I think the deal is definitely worth a look not just from the fans ;-).

Today’s press

January 5, 2010 Leave a comment
  • According to FIFA agent Cristea Opria, a Top 5 club from 1.Bundesliga apparently offered around 2,5 mil. EUR for Gabriel Torje (Right winger, Dinamo Bucharest, born 1989). Dinamo refused and would say “yes” for 4 mil. EUR.
  • Steaua and FC Vaslui are trying to exchange two key players: central defender and team captain Sorin Ghionea with the prolific midfielder Marko Ljubinkovic. It seems that Ghionea refuses the move and waits for an offer from abroad, having an attractive asking price given his quality, experience and age (only 30): 200.000 EUR.
  • Steaua is trying to sign Bulgarian centre-back Zhivko Zhelev. The 30 years old is out of favor at Otelul Galati and in the last six months of his current contract, but also suspended after he protested for not getting paid according to his contract. The deal will probably finalize, although Otelul refuses to let him go for free at Steaua, but on the other hand will never get 200.000 EUR for a player in a similar situation.
  • Romanian press quotes http://www.tuttomercatoweb.com, who announces Arsenal’s interest for Lacina Traore from CFR Cluj and an offer of 4 mil. EUR. CFR’s president, Iuliu Muresan, denied the rumor, but confirmed the interest from abroad and also a “concrete offer from an important club”. The press talks about Napoli and a failed attempt to sign the promising striker for 1,2 mil. EUR.
  • The Dutch coach Mark Wotte is expected to sign with Universitatea Craiova, after the club’s owner failed to convince former NT coach Victor Piturca. Wotte should get around 150.000 EUR per season. In case the deal won’t be finalized, Craiova also looks at another Dutch trainer – Luc Nijholt.
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