AC Milan stakeholder Bee Taechaubol has released a statement to deny reports that he is interfering with sporting decisions at the Serie A club.Taechaubol is set to become the owner of a 48 percent stake in Milan over the next eight weeks, would be worth up to €470 million.
“For now it’s a deal that must be confirmed but it’s good for Milan,” Berlusconi said after meeting with Bee. “We want to move forward and make Milan a contender again.”It remains to be seen how the club’s influential hardline ‘ultras’ react to Bee’s arrival.
While Fininvest, the holding company for Berlusconi’s business interests, said the former Italian prime minster had approved a deal to negotiate exclusively with Bee for two months. “Berlusconi, who will continue as president, and Mr. Taechaubol will work together to build a great and ambitious project to return Milan to the top level of Italian football,” a Fininvest statement said.
Bee, known as ‘Mr Bee’ in the Italian media, runs the Thai Prime private equity group. He signed an eight-week period of exclusivity to negotiate the sale of Milan with club owner and president Silvio Berlusconi last week.Under any deal, Berlusconi would retain 52 per cent of the club while Bee, the executive director of a southeast Asian private equity group, would hold 48 percent.
Number of Italian media outlets have reported that the Thai businessman vetoed SinisaMihajlovic as the club’s next coach.Bee denied he had commented on issues that are “in the hands of president Berlusconi and his staff” and also hit out at Victor Pablo Dana, who La Gazzettadello Sport said played a role “perfecting Bee’s project with him” and “making contact with Fininvest”.
“In certain media I’m still seeing journalistic fabrications and suppositions in that are totally wide of the mark. would like to reiterate what we already know from our joint statement with Fininvest, that Milan remains under the control of President Silvio Berlusconi,” added Bee.
If the deal is confirmed, it could provide a huge shot in the arm to a club that has slipped spectacularly since Berlusconi sold a number of top stars at the same time as a number of ageing players left the club in the summer of 2012.
Meanwhile, Barcelona president JosepBartomeu has declared his interest in Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, despite the fact that the Treble winners can’t sign any players until 2016.Juventus director general Giuseppe Marottahopes that both Andrea Pirlo and Carlos Tevez will remain in Turin.