AC Milan’s probable new owners Investcorp are expected to be more ambitious than Elliott Management should they take over, a report claims.
Alberto Cerruti writes for Calciomercato.com that ‘ambition’ is the key word that seems to accompany the projects of the Investcorp fund and their plans for Milan. What transpires in the circles close to their president Al Ardhi is that he wants the Rossoneri to win trophies that matter and soon, which is the first major difference compared to the current ownership of the Elliott fund.
Strengthening: That is why reinforcing the team is the big aim, which means that signings like Ballo Tourè and Bakayoko or the reserves of other teams like Giroud and Origi will not be on the agenda for the summer. Instead, the focus will be on signing players with strong guarantees like a Vlahovic-level striker and a quality right winger.
Management: Investcorp could also make some changes to the management given that Paolo Scaroni is more a symbolic president and the CEO Ivan Gazidis rarely speaks (especially with his health condition).
A strong team must have a strong club behind it, which knows how to be respected in the higher reaches, which is why the return of a figure like Boban cannot be ruled out. He was dismissed after publicly expressing doubts about the real intentions at a sporting level of Elliott and while it is still just a mere idea, a figure like him could serve.
Stadium: The third and final pillar of the project is the new stadium and it could provide a good opportunity to build a new facility only for Milan. The idea of building a new 63,000-seater stadium – with a capacity far less than that of San Siro – seems an absurdity because all the new stadiums built in Europe are bigger than those they replace.
Atletico Madrid moved from the Vicente Calderon (54,000 seats) to Wanda Metropolitano (67,000), Arsenal moved from Highbury (38,419) to Emirates (60,260), Bayern Munich moved from Olympiastadion (69,000) to Allianz Arena (75,000), so there is food for thought.
Of course time will tell if these three points will be addressed and resolved but in the meantime it is clear that Elliott’s time is up. Those who have the ambition to do better are welcome, not only on paper with balance sheets, but above all on the field with results.