Inter Finally Secure Sponsorship Deal With Qatar Airways

Written By Onyeka Daniel

Even though there’s a new owner in charge at Inter Milan and the club going ahead to name Beppe Marotta as their president following the takeover of the club by Oaktree Capital from Suning, the club seems to be moving in the same direction as they were under the Chinese owners.

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Perhaps, it is because the US-based fund didn’t try to change much at the club when the took over. Consequently, it has now been revealed that Qatar Airways have reached an agreement to become the new training kit sponsor for newly crowned Serie A champions, according to a report from Gazzetta dello Sport.

The report has it that the Nerazzurri will earn €5 million per season from the deal with the Qatari airline. Inter are getting their commercial deals in order for next season.Just like it was under Steven Zhang, the new owners are focused on increasing their commercial revenues.


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Inter Corporate CEO Alessandro Antonello is at the head of the team that is hunting for new opportunities for commercial revenues. And one of the major sources of revenues is kit sponsorships. This includes the matchday kits -from the main shirt sponsor to the back-of-shirt and sleeve sponsors.

But there is also the matter of the sponsor for Inter’s training kits. Over the season just gone, it had been betting outlet LeoVegas that was the sponsor of Inter’s training kit. But according to the Gazzetta, the Nerazzurri have reached a three-year agreement with a new commercial partner for the training kit.

According to the Gazzetta, it is airline Qatar Airways who will be Inter’s training kit sponsor starting next season. The report confirmed that the deal is now totally in place. All that remains is for the club to make the official announcement of the new partnership.

The Gazzetta report that the deal between Qatar Airways and Inter will be for the next three years. It will see the Nerazzurri earn a total of €5 million per season.Qatar Airways had also previously been among the major candidates to become Inter’s new main shirt sponsor for next season.

However, it will instead be Betsson which replaces streaming service Paramount+ on the front of Inter’s matchday shirt. They’re expected to earn around €30m per year on the front shirt sponsorship, signifying their growing influence in European football.

This is after they reached the final of the UEFA Champions League in the 2022-23 season and while also winning the Serie A title in the just concluded season. They will be hoping to go again next season and even do better in Europe. The plan is to maintain a core part of the team while strengthening the areas that need to be reinforced.


They will hope to wrap up the signing of goalkeeper Josep Martinez from Genoa within the next couple of weeks, according to a separate report from Tuttosport. Inter have not waited around in their efforts to bring in a goalkeeper this summer. Instead, they have been seeking a goalkeeper who is young in the hopes of sorting out the long-term future at the club between the posts.

The idea would be to have a keeper who can back up Yann Sommer next season. Then, within a year or two, that keeper can take over from former Bayern Munich and Borussia Monchengladbach keeper Sommer, inheriting the starting spot in the long term. Athletico Paranaense and Brazil keeper Bento had been a major target for Inter.

But according to the report, the Nerazzurri have abandoned their pursuit of the Brazilian. Therefore, the Nerazzurri have moved on to Genoa’s Martinez. According to Tuttosport, the negotiations between Inter and Genoa regarding Martinez have moved forward very rapidly. Genoa’s valuation of Martinez is around €18 million.

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That is partly taking into account the fact that the former RB Leipzig keeper’s current contract with the Grifone runs out at the end of next June. Inter, on their part have put a bid of around €13 million plus add-ons on the table. Genoa are interested in both striker Martin Satriano and attacking midfielder Gaetano Oristanio in that respect.

Then, there is the matter of the structure of a deal. Inter want to sign Martinez on an initial loan deal containing a purchase option.These are matters that Inter and Genoa must still hammer out in further talks. But they will not present too many difficulties.Therefore, Tuttosport anticipate, it should not be more than two weeks before Martinez joins Inter.

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