Former Inter President Ernesto Pellegrini has suggested that there is a possibility that the net owner of the Nerazzurri could be Italian.

Speaking to Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via FCInterNews, the former President gave his thoughts on current Inter President Steven Zhang, and predicted that an Italian takeover could be in the Nerazzurri’s future.

Suning have been persistently linked with a possible sale of Inter, given the club’s financial situation as well as that of the Chinese company themselves since the beginning of the pandemic.

What is not clear is who the identity of a possible buyer would be.

There have been links to possible takeovers by US-based funds, whilst the rumour mill surrounding a prospective takeover by Saudi sovereign wealth fund and Newcastle United owners PIF has never really stopped despite never coming to anything as of yet.

What there has not been, however, has been a link to a possible Italian owner to take over, like former Presidents Pellegrini or Massimo Moratti.

As for what Pellegrini thinks, the former President mused “Who knows what the future holds for us.”

“I have an idea of what could be in store, but I’ll keep it to myself,” he continued, “let’s hope things go well though.”

“Zhang is a friend to me,” Pellegrini noted, “he knows that there’s a possibility of a surprise after he’s gone, an Italian.”

“Even if it certainly won’t be me,” the former President joked, “I’ve certainly given enough to the club.”

Regarding his thoughts on Zhang, Pellegrini stated that “What’s lacking right now is a President who’s with the team all the time, through thick and thin.”

“Someone who is always attending to the team, along with the coach and the directors.”

Pellegrini noted that “Zhang has spent a lot on the team and he also spent well, there’s no doubt that the results have been positive.”

“But the presence of an Italian president, someone from Milan in the case of Inter, gives the team something different.”