A con man claiming to be a representative of Etihad came close to cheating Inter out of money by pretending they were interested in sponsoring the club.
The Nerazzurri’s current deal with main shirt sponsors Pirelli expires at the end of the season and the Milan giants are on the lookout for a new company to adorn the famous blue and black.
An opportunistic wheeler-dealer known to the authorities named Valerio Lattanzio contacted the club a few months ago, posing as an intermediary for Etihad, who already the main sponsor of Manchester City, registering an interest in becoming the Biscione’s new backers, according to a report in the Corriere della Sera.
He was introduced to Inter consultant Adriano Bacconi, incidentally sacked earlier this month, and reportedly made them an enticing offer of €25 million per season.
However, it has since emerged that the entire situation was a scam, uncovered by Roman prosecutors, and Lattanzio’s sole intention was to pocket a hefty commission for himself as part of the ‘deal’.
It has also now emerged that this isn’t the first time Lattanzio has targeted the world of calcio as a means of picking up a quick buck.
In 2015, he focused his attention on Roberto Baggio, who wanted to find a property near Rome to build a football academy and he offered to find him an appropriate site, before pocketing the fee for doing so.
However, he failed to pull the wool over the Divine Ponytail’s eyes and after coming up short, moved on to trying to hoodwink the Beneamata.