Silvio Berlusconi would keep Cristian Brocchi if it was entirely up to him but the Chinese are reportedly very interested in the idea of hiring Unai Emery, who is under contract at Sevilla.
The next two weeks will be crucial for the future of Milan as talks between Silvio Berlusconi (& Fininvest) and the Chinese consortium (through Galatioto Sports Partners) are continuous.
And judging by President Berlusconi’s (many) words in recent days, it seems like a deal is heading towards a positive conclusion which will see at least 70% of the club bought by the Asian investors, whose names are now finally known to Berlusconi and his family (a confirmed list of names hasn’t leaked yet).
The negotiations with the Chinese will obviously have a direct impact over the next season starting with the position of the coach. Berlusconi has already stated that if a sale doesn’t happen then he’ll keep Cristian Brocchi and together they’ll build a young Milan based on Italian players.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport and il Corriere della Sera however, if a sale does happen, then the Chinese are pushing for the name of Sevilla’s boss Unai Emery, who has taken over Manuel Pellegrini in the list of possible Milan coaches for next year. Emery was courted by Milan last year as well but eventually the Rossoneri appointed Sinisa Mihajlovic, who was fired in April.
Emery, who won the Europa League three times in a row with his Rojiblancos, is under contract and CorSer reports that it will take roughly €1.5m to free him from Sevilla which will have to be paid by June 30th 2016. The 44-year-old is also wanted by Everton from the Premier League.
A lot will depend on if the Chinese buy the club or not. Berlusconi is looking to assurances that they will be willing to spend €100-200 million per season in the club to get it back to the top.