Speculation is increasing in Italy that Milan president Silvio Berlusconi is in talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin to allow the ladder to invest in AC Milan via the partially state-owned utility firm Gazprom.
Milan / NationalTurk – Silvio Berlusconi and Vladimir Putin are close friends and Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi, the former Italian Prime Minister, told the club’s own TV station he intends to speak to potential investors, marking a distinct change in outlook from his previous stance.
Silvio Berlusconi firmly underlines the possibility of foreign companies inveting on AC Milan with that statment: ‘The doors of AC Milan are open for anyone who wants to help our squad. We have Milan in our hearts and we give particular importance to thinking about what’s best for Milan.’
Scary Bussiness ? Berlusconi & Putin to own and invest Ac Milan
The sales of Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Paris Saint-Germain clared a asignificant part of Ac Milan’s debts and Berlusconi adds: ‘ Our finances will now be in order for the next 3 to 4 years.’
Berlusconi, the former Italian PM, is a close friend of Putin and La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that he travelled to Russia for four days on -non-political- business. Talks over Gazprom buying a stake in the seven-time European champions are believed to be the sole reason for Berlusconi Putin meeting in Moscow
Gazprom to invest for AC Milan
Gazprom already invests heavily in sports and is the jersey sponsor of 1991 European Cup winners Red Star Belgrade, Russian champions Zenit St Petersburg and Bundesliga powerhouse outfit Schalke 04. The Italian sports daily believes Gazprom will purchase a 25% stake in return for a €180 million cash injection into Milan’s coffers.