Milan board member explains plan to follow the lead of Real Madrid and Man Utd

By Oliver Fisher -

Giorgio Furlani has revealed AC Milan’s vision to follow the path of Real Madrid and Manchester United while explaining the club’s stance on renewals.

The Rossoneri management have set a hardline stance on contract renewals as they make offers to Gianluigi Donnarumma and Hakan Calhanoglu but they left on free transfers to earn more elsewhere, while the same might happen with Franck Kessie and Alessio Romagnoli this summer.

Furlani – who works as a Portfolio Manager for Elliott Management and as a Milan board member – spoke about Milan’s sports project at the Business of Football Summit, an event organised by the Financial Times.

“We have not invested in terms of equity in the coffers of the club in the last year, the boat has stabilised. In football many choices are not chosen from an economic and analytical point of view, this we have tried to make. For example, it would be stupid of us to hold back our assets at any cost, but you have to be objective and have plan B. And we are happy with our new goalkeeper,” he said (via

“We have thus developed a plan around two pillars: first of all sporting results, for me there is no successful football project that does not start from sporting successes. Then we needed discipline from an economic and financial point of view, especially as far as about cost reduction.”

Since Elliott took charge of the club in 2018 and instated Ivan Gazidis as the CEO, there has been a modernisation process that revolves around bringing Milan up to speed with the elite sides in Europe off the field as well as on it, as Furlani explains.

“We have chosen a fantastic CEO like Ivan Gazidis and with him we have transformed Milan and the road is to go towards the direction of a media business in the style of Real Madrid and Manchester United. to do well on the pitch as well. Finally we pushed on the stadium project, San Siro is a historic stadium but it is not a stadium of 2022.”

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