Alfredo Pedulla feels that the critics of Inter Milan’s signing of defender Benjamin Pavard were “incompetent” in their assessment.
Writing in his column for Italian broadcaster SportItalia, the journalist aimed a veiled criticism at journalist Ivan Zazzaroni in particular over the doubts over signing the Frenchman for a roughly €30 million fee.
27-year-old French international Pavard was easily one of Inter’s marquee signings of the summer.
In fact, Pavard was one of the biggest-name arrivals in all of Serie A.
The Nerazzurri spared no expense in signing the Frenchman from Bayern Munich. And the fact that he is a World Cup winner with France and a Champions League winner with Bayern clearly shows why.
However, it is not as though the praise of Inter for making the signing was unanimous.
The Frenchman was seen by some as an underwhelming big money signing for Inter.
Moreover, the fact that Pavard was only one year away from his contract with Bayern was another factor. Some felt that Inter didn’t need to outlay a big fee to sign the 27-year-old considering that he’d be available on a free transfer just twelve months later.
But Inter got their man.
It’s still very early on in Pavard’s Inter career. But in his first couple appearances, the Frenchman has looked as though he fits into the team well.
Pedulla Brands Critics Of Inter Milan Signing Benjamin Pavard “Incompetent”
One critic of Inter’s signing has been prominent Italian journalist Ivan Zazzaroni.
The journalist questioned whether the 27-year-old was worth the fee that Inter paid for him in a recent television appearance.
He stated, “Inter finally got Pavard in the end, by paying a fee that in my view was far too much. And I don’t believe they’re that much better in the end.”
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But for his part, Pedulla feels that this is a silly criticism.
He writes that “In the past 48 hours we’ve heard that Pavard is an overrated players, and above all, overpriced.”
“This came from a man who for the last five years has been off base about everything,” he continues.
“Now, there ‘ no doubt that Pavard cost a lot considering that he was a year away from the end of his contract,” Pedulla notes.
“But knowing Bayern it wouldn’t have been possible to do otherwise.”
“The consideration that a 27-year-old defender is not worth €30 million is something that the incompetent concern themselves with,” Pedulla writes.
“And the fault lies not with those who say these things, but with those who give them the opportunity to say them,” he adds.
“And above all, to those who listen to them.”