MN: Why Milan are valued at €1bn and the month-long background on Investcorp talks

By Oliver Fisher -

There is now widespread speculation that AC Milan are close to being taken over by Investcorp, a Bahraini fund supported by Mubadala, a sovereign fund of the United Arab Emirates.

MilanNews report that the negotiations between Milan and Investcorp over the transfer of majority shares is proceeding quickly, given that the parties have been discussing and exchanging documents for weeks. Law firms and advisors are involved in the bureaucratic part and Investcorp are happy to pay the €1bn asking price.

The first contacts between the parties started a month ago and due diligence was completed in the last few days. Compared to other activities, the Bahrain-based fund have expressed a willingness to buy Milan to pay their asking price.

Elliott deserve credit for their role in things too because they saved Milan from bankruptcy in the summer of 2018 and brought the accounts back to being stable, clearing debt and ultimately making the club very attractive to potential buyers.

The €1bn valuation of the club is the result of a series of objective parameters and is potentially also dictated by other transactions, such as the fact that 55% of Atalanta went to the American tycoon Pagliuca for €400m (therefore total valuation around €700m), so Milan cannot be worth less.

Another final point: Elliott will not sell Milan to anyone who are not interested in continuing the project that they have embarked on with CEO Ivan Gazidis, and rather the American fund will ensure the club ends up in serious hands, with important financial resources that lead to the further growth of the team towards the elite of Europe.

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  1. Thats last word from berlusconi too : i have handed AC Milan to the right new owner, but in reality the Chinese owner almost make AC Milan bankruptcy and if elliot don’t save AC Milan ,we Will have to play from serie D . I hope if this new owner ( if this rumour true) , they don’t change paolo Maldini,gazidiz and moncada while build stadium too for AC Milan

  2. Yes, I would keep the present board of directors, possibly add one more person to the team and be more flexible with spending for only the players who are worth the price, and pay only those who are worth the salaries. No room to back stabbing agents and machinery players too.

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