Paolo Berlusconi says his brother has given Milan one final gift in selling the club to the Chinese and is happy to see so many youngsters playing.
The 30-year era of the Berlusconi’s will soon be behind us as the Chinese group Sino-Europe Sports are set to complete the buy of the club by the end of the year for a total €740m including debts.
In the last week there were some rumours about problems in the negotiations but Fininvest and ‘SES’ have already denied everything. Silvio’s brother and Milan’s (honorary) Vice President Paolo Berlusconi says everything is on course and believes the Chinese would be crazy to not complete the acquisition.
“Even in his decision to sell up, my brother wanted to give Milan a final gift,” the publisher of the newspaper Il Giornale told MilanTV on Friday evening. “One which protected the value of the Milan brand and obliged the buyers to put €300-400m into the club over the coming years. It guarantees the potential for Milan to be very competitive again in order to return to the glories of the past.
The voices in the newspapers about problems in the negotiations? Never say never in life, but a group which pays a €100m deposit is a group that is seriously interested. They would have to be crazy to turn back. My information is that, regardless of the gossip in the papers, things are moving forward.
“The many young players at Milan? It’s always been the dream of Silvio. He has always had passion and desire to make the kids grow, he has always had that paternal instinct towards them. It gives displeasure to see matches where there is maybe one Italian player in both teams.
“Milan’s tradition has always had a big Italian presence and it’s nice to see Calabria and Locatelli who will certainly be the future protagonists – but you have to play them. The team? We are playing in a different way. Montella has put his mark on the team, we hold the ball. We are aware that Milan are virtually playing with the same side as last year but that is because of the corporate situation.”
Milan started the season fairly well under Montella with 9/15 points. It’s the same start they had last season in terms of points and Vincenzo will need to see continuity against Fiorentina on Sunday.