The game against Sassuolo is one of the most important in the club’s history, but off-field matters continue to get column space in the newspapers.
Tuttosport (via MilanNews) report that Paul and Gordon Singer will most likely be present at the Mapei Stadium from the pivotal match this evening between Sassuolo and Milan, with the Rossoneri needed just a draw to be crowned champions.
It must be noted that a few thousand miles away Gerry Cardinale, the founder of RedBird, will almost certainly be watching from New York having become the latest big admirer of Milan.
Once the season is over, there will be a potentially short wait to nail down the final agreements with RedBird. The American fund will pay €1.3bn to buy from their compatriots and their plan is one based around continuity, meaning the good work of Elliott will not be undone and the management of Maldini and Massara should remain. As for Gazidis, the situation is postponed to November as his deal expires then.
RedBird are a fund specialising primarily in the world of sports, with interests in the NFL, the New York Yankees, the XFL, Toulouse (who got promoted last week) and a stake in the Fenway Sports Group which owns Liverpool.
Their strategy is in place and it has a track record of being successful, but for Milan’s growth it will be important to increase revenues and get the stadium project moving, which in turn would trigger a €500m ‘earn-out’ bonus in Elliott’s favour.