Pontone – Sabatini, the market wizard with many past successes
FCInterNews.it editorial-ist Andrea Pontone examined Suning’s new technical coordinator Walter Sabatini’s non-playing career, in particular his time as sporting director of Lazio, Palermo and Roma.
Sabatini has shown time and time again his ability to unearth players and spin a big profit on them years down the line. While at Lazio, Sabatini signed full backs Alexander Kolarov and Stephan Lichsteiner for a combined 1.8 million euros before selling them for a combined €33 million (Kolarov €23 million to Manchester City, Lichsteiner €10 million to Juventus). At his next club, his finest piece of business was acquiring an unknown Javier Pastore for €6.5 million from Huracan before selling him two years later to Paris Saint Germain for €43 million.
His best work however was done while at Roma. Erik Lamela was signed for €17 million and sold for €35 million, Marquinhos was signed for a mere €1.5 million before being sold on to PSG for €31.4 million. Miralem Pjanic was brought in from Olympique Lyon for €11 million and left last summer to Juventus for €32 million. Mehdi Benatia was signed for €10 million and sold for €30 million. Moreover, he played a key role in the signings of Radja Nainggolan and Diego Perotti for the club.
From those listed above alone, Sabatini made a combined initial outlay of €47.8 million and made a grand profit of €156.6 million.
Now at Inter, Sabatini will play an important role in transfer markets to come and Suning hope with similar success to his previous jobs.