Commisso: “The negotiation for Milan’s purchase continues, but will be closed only on my terms, I think I can bring Milan back to its maximum greatness”

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Rocco B. Commisso speaks on stage at the 32nd Annual Walter Kaitz Foundation Fundraising Dinner Hosted By TV One at Marriott Marquis Times Square on September 30, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Walter Kaitz)
Rocco B. Commisso speaks on stage at the 32nd Annual Walter Kaitz Foundation Fundraising Dinner Hosted By TV One at Marriott Marquis Times Square on September 30, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Walter Kaitz)

Rocco Commisso confirmed he is still negotiating the purchase of Milan, but a deal would only be agreed on his terms.

Last Friday the Ricketts family confirmed their intentions to buy Milan from the hands of Yonghong Li, but the leading candidate in the last days has been Rocco Commisso, the owner of North American Soccer League’s New York Cosmos.

The deal appeared to be on the verge of completion twice already, but Li is believed to have changed the terms of the deal on both occasions, making Commisso furious. Reports in the Italian media suggested that the negotiations were on the brink of falling apart completely, but the American Commisso, who was born in Calabria, has now come out in the open to confirm talks are still alive.

“The negotiation for the purchase of Milan continues, despite the difficulty in personal communication due to the constant presence of an emissary.” Commisso told American Oggi, a US-based Italian newspaper, according to Milannews.it. “This, in my opinion, undermines the relationship of trust that should exist in a complex, but clear, context like the current one.

Yonghong Li at Milanello on March 5, 2018. (@acmilan.com)
Yonghong Li at Milanello on March 5, 2018. (@acmilan.com)

“This Milan is a seven-time European champion and has a tradition and a history of global significant and does not deserve to be treated like that,” added the 68-year-old Chairman and Founder of Mediacom, on the day Milan were excluded by UEFA for next year’s Europa League.

“The terms of the acquisition? I will close the contract, but only on my terms. But be clear, first I need to have a binding agreement. I would never accept to be in the minority. The club must be mine because I think that I can manage it and bring it back to its maximum greatness.

“Other clubs? No. Milan is Milan, with a tradition that not all Italian or global clubs can claim.” Li will keep negotiating will Commisso and maybe others; a sale can help Milan’s case in CAS.

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Nas

Why on earth is there an emissary involved? Is it an Italian or Chinese government official? Why can’t anything Milan gets involved in just be plain sailing or am I being naive and this happens every club takeover?
This Commisso guy seems to mean business and talks the talk plus he understands what Milan is and he’s a football man through and through, correct me if I’m wrong but I think he played at a decent level too?
I’m all for him to take over

Ted

Hope it goes through eventually

paul.

” I would never accept to be in the minority”.
This tell you that the man know what is in Milan ( the fraud player’s). it is the sign of mining business and to have clear text about Milan and sale.

Zuhri

Comment:I’m all for him to take over as well. He seems to be the right person to take Milan back to the Pinnacle of football.

Kourosh

I like the guy. He seems capable and the kind who gets what they want.

He’s a Juventino but I couldn’t care less. Galliani was a Juventino and rumor is Berlusconi was an Interista before buying Milan. This guy has what it takes to make Milan great again if he wants to. And he’s Italian so all the better.

HorneyBarney

He and we as fans want. It’s Elliot that is deciding, not Li. Li is just pawn now, Elliot is in charge. Even Comisso said that Elliot are problem now. This guy gave offer and still wants Milan. Ricketts at the end were just talking, didn’t acted, nor probably will. I mean guy literally offered 150m euros for transfer budget this summer. With him in charge, that transfer budget, more world class players might consider joining. It’s all on Elliot now.

nick

Now this is man to lead Milan to greatness!

ross14

Don’t this guy remind us of berlusconi when he bought milan 30 years ago?

B1

Chinese greed for money at its best.. dunno how Berlusconi even sold the club to this filthy monkey who is using milan like it was his personal prostitute.. i wana strangle this guy.. so he would sell the club already! I can’t take this humiliation of our beloved club anymore.

Albertini04

he has clear idea what to do to bring milan back to greatness.. i like this guy

Milanellofm

I hope he signs now..haliovic to milan tomorrow sounds like a done deal. He’s a good player and i hope he does well

Mads Andersen

Yeah, he looks great. Precisely the kind of creative talent we have been needing for a long time now.

Ted

Last time I read Udinese and Sampdoria are after him not Milan and he’s on the verge of signing for the first

Mads Andersen

With this kind of solid ownership, there’s a chance Maldini might get involved. He didn’t reject Milan, he rejected the ownership and it turns out he was right in doing so.

Karese

Maldini is player and has done nothing special as regards to management milan is a professional football club not a fairy tale team current management doing ok …This is real life not a movie

Philldadon1899

No you’re right he hasn’t. However he has vast amounts of contacts in soccer and players respect him. Imagine bringing in a young talent and they are negotiating with its Maldini? I would sign just about anything sitting across a table from him. Kaka needs to be brought in and given Leonardo’s old role.

Naz

100% correct Philldadon1899
Maldini and Kaka together would be fantastic, even just seeing guys like that around the training ground would lift players, of all former players those two would give young and old players an extraordinary amount of advice or kick in the arse if needed

Baresis Dream

Doesn’t work that way my friend. Maldini, with all my love and respect, will most likely be eaten alive by Riola and the likes.

We need someone who has an eye for young talent, vast contacts and experience among agents, and good negotiating skills. Don’t see any evidence Maldini has either.

Naz

With all due respect Baresis Dream how can you assume Maldini would be eaten alive by anyone? He’s stuck to his beliefs and morals his entire professional and private life, nobody has ever pushed or bullied Paulo around not even the Curva who tried several times including his last ever home game, Paulo Maldini is not only a champion footballer but a champion man in everything he does
I’ve enjoyed reading your comments and in my opinion your on point in most of them but this one my friend is rubbish

Nas

@ Karese. He hasn’t done anything special in management because he’s never excepted any management roles he’s been offered but that’s only because he didn’t feel they where right for him at that given time and that shows great intelligence, he could of just jumped into something for the sake of it but didn’t, Maldini must be given whatever sporting role he wants, he’s a born leader or as all other captains call him “el capitino” The Captain

ACMilanSince 69

Agree. There is nothing special about Maldini. He was an excellent left back who was made the face of Milan because of his good looks. As a sweeper he was mediocre. Stam and Nesta had to cover for him. Even as a player, he would not retire when he was past his prime and had to be pushed out. I will never forget him attacking the fans after Istanbul. “I am not one of you.”

Jibola

Li and only Li is stopping this negotiation because Elliott ownership power comes to play from October. Li is the one playing greedy games. This is the man whose profile fits Milan, he’s a known successful business man, he’s Italian in blood, he’s a former professional footballer with deep knowledge of the game, he’s an American business man with vast business acumen and most importantly, his words about Milan shows he knows the club and understands what the club needs. Elliott is playing his game in other to finally acquire the club and sale to highest bidder, that’s why Elliott… Read more »

Phildadon1899

You’re wrong my friend. Li doesn’t have the 32 million and if he doesn’t have it by July 9th then Elliott takes over. He has a week to sell or Elliott will be auctioning us off to the highest bidder.

Mads Andersen

Bringing in Maldini won’t magically solve anything, but he knows about winning and having a winning culture. Besides, Maldini was never merely just a player, he was a real leader and has Milan in his DNA. Who knows, it might not work out, but you have to try.

ACMilanSince 69

Agree. There is nothing special about Maldini. He was an excellent left back who was made the face of Milan because of his good looks. As a sweeper he was mediocre. Stam and Nesta had to cover for him. Even as a player, he would not retire when he was past his prime and had to be pushed out. I will never forget him attacking the fans after Istanbul. “I am not one of you.”