Mino Raiola - agent of PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic - has suggested that the Serie A giants Inter and AC Milan should consider merging together in order to become a competitive force in Europe once again.

His proposal comes during what has been described as a crisis in Italian football, with star players constantly opting to leave rather than join the division.

"It's not a provocation but rather an idea," Raiola told Sky Sport 24.

"For me, two big clubs like Inter and Milan should merge to cut costs because they have hundreds of millions of expenses and rather than selling to foreign investors, they could form one single club for the city.

"This way, they could compete with Europe's biggest clubs. It's better to have one healthy club than two halfway competitive sides. Lazio and Roma should do the same.

"Italy has got to change the way in which it thinks, it has got to become more pragmatic."

With the likes of Edinson Cavani on the verge of joining PSG in a deal worth up to €63 million, and Fiorentina being priced out of a move for Bayern Munich's Mario Gomez, it is clear that Italian sides can't compete with the spending power of their European counterparts.

However, Inter president Massimo Moratti said earlier this week that talks over the sale of a substantial share in the Serie A club have reached an advanced stage, Indonesian Erick Thohir is the man looking to invest in the club.

A takeover would certainly help the Italians in there bid to compete with Europe's big spenders.


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