Oaktree Capital convinced Beppe Marotta to become the new President of Inter Milan despite some doubts from the veteran executive.

Today’s print edition of Rome-based newspaper Corriere dello Sport, via FCInterNews, report that the 67-year-old’s initial skepticism concerned the prospect of a change in role for him.

Now it’s official: Marotta is the new President of Inter.

In some ways, it is a surprise to see the former Juventus and Sampdoria executive take on the role.

Marotta was not necessarily one of the names at the centre of the initial rumours.

There were reports that Oaktree would look to appoint someone from within the fund to become Inter’s President.

Meanwhile, there were also rumours of a very different sort. Reports indicated that Oaktree considered a figurehead or flag-bearer at Inter like Vice-President Javier Zanetti.

But in other ways, it is not surprising in the least to see Marotta become Inter President.

The 67-year-old has been the architect of the Nerazzurri’s transfer strategy for five years. He has arguably been the club’s single most important person off the pitch during the period.

Therefore, it would be in some respects natural to make Marotta a figurehead as the President.

How Oaktree Convinced Beppe Marotta To Become Inter President Despite Doubts

According to the Corriere, it was precisely the importance of his current role at Inter that caused Marotta to have some initial skepticism about becoming club President.

The 67-year-old already has his hands full, so to speak.

Marotta works tirelessly to carry out Inter’s signings and sales.

Therefore, there would naturally be worries that taking on a new role as club President would interfere with the CEO’s important work in the transfer market.

But the Corriere report that Marotta has received plenty of reassurances that that won’t be the case.

It’s hardly as though the new club President will suddenly have an entirely new role, or a new set of duties.

Marotta has already been a very public-facing figure at Inter. He regularly speaks to the press.

And regardless of his title, the 67-year-old has certainly been a leader.

Therefore, Oaktree convinced Marotta that he can continue his current work with minimal interruptions, whilst also receiving the honour of becoming club President.