Ex-Fiorentina Forward Luca Toni: “Inter Wanted Me At All Costs In 2006”

Ex-Fiorentina Forward Luca Toni: “Inter Wanted Me At All Costs In 2006”
February 9, 2021 19:00
( )

Former Fiorentina and Italy striker Luca Toni has revealed Inter made a desperate attempt to sign him after the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Toni enjoyed spells of great goal-scoring success at Palermo, Fiorentina and Bayern Munich among others during the 2000s before moving on to Roma, Juventus and Hellas Verona, where he finished his career in 2016.

Speaking in an interview with RTV38 today, the 43-year-old recalled the summer when the Nerazzurri came after him, before the move ultimately fell through.

“They wanted me at all costs, so much so that I spoke to the Viola management because Inter were offering me a lot of money,” the two-time Serie A top scorer explained.

“Pantaleo Corvino told me that Fiorentina wanted €25 million for me to leave and Inter came with this offer.

“But then Diego Della Valle called and told me that I had to stay to keep Fiorentina away from relegation, promising that the following year he would let me leave.

“At that point I also refused an increased salary, I was so fired up for the season with Fiorentina.”

Toni, who was part of the Italy side that won the World Cup in 2006, made 619 career appearances and scored an impressive 292 goals in that time.

He scored at least 50 goals for four different clubs during his career and achieved this feat in 100 or less games for each club.

Inter may have failed in their bid to bring Toni to San Siro but it made no difference to their fortunes, as the Nerazzurri went on to win the next four Serie A titles following the summer of 2006.

By Cammy Anderson

Inter Are Ready To Offer Federico Dimarco A New Contract Very Soon, Italian Media Report

October 29, 2021 21:30
( )

Inter are preparing to offer Federico Dimarco a new contract with the club to reward him for his good form this season, according to a…

Inter President Steven Zhang Has A Promise To Keep When He Returns To Milan, Italian Media Claim

October 29, 2021 21:00
( )

Inter President Steven Zhang will be expected to keep a promise he made back in May when he returns to Italy soon, according to a…

Inter Officially Announce New Asian Regional Partnership With AOA Sports, Italian Media Report

October 29, 2021 20:30
( )

Inter have officially announced their latest in a long line of Asian sponsorships to help raise the club money, according to a report in the…

Ex-AC Milan Defender Alessandro Nesta On Ex-Inter Owner: “The Time Of Silvio Berlusconi & Massimo Moratti Is Over”

October 29, 2021 20:00
( )

Former AC Milan and Lazio defender Alessandro Nesta has said that Serie A has now moved on from the time where Massimo Moratti was the…

Inter Are Not The Only Team Chasing River Plate’s Julian Alvarez But Javier Zanetti Could Prove Decisive, Argentinian Media Report

October 29, 2021 19:30
( )

Inter will face stiff competition from all over Europe if they are to sign Julian Alvarez from River Plate, according to a report in the…

Inter Have Met With The Agent Of RB Salzburg’s Karim Adeyemi, German Broadcaster Reports

October 29, 2021 19:00
( )

Representatives from Inter have met with the agent of RB Salzburg youngster Karim Adeyemi, according to a report in the German broadcast media. As has…

Close

Subscribe

to our newsletter