Former Inter defender Andrea Mandorlini believes that the club is in a difficult situation with respect to the prospective sale of Romelu Lukaku, understanding the club’s willingness to accept a major offer for the Belgian.

Speaking to Milan-based newspaper Il Giorno in an interview published in yesterday’s print edition, the 61-year-old emphasizes that the sale comes partly from a place of financial need, and that this is an important but necessary part of football.

Mandorlini spent seven seasons with the Nerazzurri between 1984 and 1991, and won the Scudetto during the 1988-89 campaign, before going on to a long career as a head coach.

The former defender knows from experience the difficulties of being in football, and understands how much the team can be affected on the pitch by problematic situations at the level of the boardroom and the balance sheet, and his words reflect an understanding of this unfortunate reality.

“This is a huge loss,” Mandorlini said of Lukaku’s sale, “but at the moment football must also get accounts in order.”

He continued, “There is a lot of money on the table.

“We are talking about a crazy offer. To deprive yourself of a player like this is complicated, of course. But the offer is tempting, and I am talking about both the club and the player.”