Silvio Berlusconi is feeling confident that Milan are going to be owned by good hands despite the additional delay.
Milan were supposed to be acquired on Friday but a day before that date, it was confirmed that another delay in the closing will take place as reportedly two investors backed out of the Sino-Europe Sports consortium who were unable to finalize the acquisition on time.
In the last days, voices were raised that Berlusconi could decide to keep the money already paid by Sino-Europe and keep Milan but in an interview with il Tempo, the former PM suggested he has no concerns about the positive outcome of the deal.
“I wouldn’t say that the Chinese are moving away,” Berlusconi said, as reported on Sunday. “They have asked us for another brief delay and I don’t see anything worrying about that. We are talking about a financial operation that is not just significant in size, but also complex due to Chinese laws.
“Moreover, the investors have already poured in considerable funds to prove the seriousness of their intentions. That is important not only for the Fininvest group but also the Milan fans. I have always said that I would only hand the club over to people who would be able to guarantee the possibility and willingness to invest in making Milan great again. For me, giving up the club is very painful.
“Buying it, growing it, leading it to victories on the world stage was not an investment, it was an act of love. The fans are calm. If anything, less than the indicated conditions came to pass, I would come back without hesitation. But I really don’t see reasons why that should happen.”
il Corriere della Sera reports that Berlusconi’s company, Fininvest, is waiting for another payment of €100m from SES and for more specific guarantees from the Chinese. Both CorSer and Sky are saying that if a deal cannot be reached and Sino-Europe, led by Yonghong Li, won’t buy the club, then Berlusconi will most likely enter negotiations with a different group of investors.
Vincenzo Montella and the players, meanwhile, try to focus on things that are related to the pitch. Until something unlocks, Milan is still led by President Silvio Berlusconi and CEO Adriano Galliani.