Ber­lus­coni wants to re­tain pow­ers af­ter sell­ing AC Mi­lan

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Sil­vio Ber­lus­coni, photo, would stay on as hon­orary pres­i­dent at AC Mi­lan af­ter sell­ing the club to Chi­nese in­vestors if he can re­tain pow­ers im­pact­ing the squad.

“I would have to have some abil­i­ties to in­ter­vene, like yes or no on buy­ing or sell­ing play­ers or on play­ing for­ma­tions,” Ber­lus­coni told re­porters early yes­ter­day fol­low­ing Mi­lan’s 2-2 draw with In­ter in the city derby, con­firm­ing that the Chi­nese group of­fered him the po­si­tion.

“If I’m as­sured of that I’ll try to ac­cept even the hon­orary pres­i­dency,” he added.

The clos­ing for the club sale is slated for 13 De­cem­ber.

The deal with the Chi­nese group, which in­cludes the par­tic­i­pa­tion of a Chi­nese state in­vest­ment fund, val­ues Mi­lan at €740 mil­lion.

Whether he be­comes hon­orary pres­i­dent or not, it was likely Ber­lus­coni’s fi­nal derby as Mi­lan’s owner and the Ros­soneri fans paid trib­ute in their pre-match chore­og­ra­phy, un­veil­ing a gi­ant ban­ner with a pic­ture of him and all the tro­phies won dur­ing his ten­ure.

Ber­lus­coni owns 99.93 per cent of the club, which he pur­chased 30 years ago. The three-time for­mer premier and bil­lion­aire busi­ness­man has been ne­go­ti­at­ing for more than a year to sell the seven-time Euro­pean cham­pi­ons.

Fin­in­vest, Ber­lus­coni’s hold­ing com­pany, is still wait­ing for the Chi­nese group to pay the fi­nal chunk of €440 mil­lion. The Chi­nese group - of which all the mem­bers have not been named yet - has al­ready pro­vided a €100 mil­lion de­posit.

“We have very pre­cise as­sur­ances from the banks that the deal will be closed the 13th,” Ber­lus­coni said. “So we’ll wait un­til the 13th and see what hap­pens. If it’s not con­cluded then we’ll see what to do.”

The Mi­lan sale comes af­ter Sun­ing, the Chi­nese re­tail gi­ant, took con­trol of 70 per cent of In­ter in June.

Ber­lus­coni also wants long­time club vice pres­i­dent Adri­ano Gal­liani to stay on at Mi­lan, even though Gal­liani has in­di­cated he would be in­ter­ested in run­ning for Serie A pres­i­dent.

“I re­ally hope there’s space for him,” Ber­lus­coni said. “I’m go­ing to make that one of the con­di­tions for me ac­cept­ing the hon­orary pres­i­dency.”

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