Bahrain confirms firm's talks to buy AC Milan for $1.1B

AP , Monday 18 Apr 2022

Bahrain's government announced that a private equity firm based in the country is in "exclusive talks'' to buy seven-time European champion AC Milan and become the Italian league's first Middle East investor.

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AC Milan s Portuguese forward Rafael Leao (2nd L) celebrates with teammates after scoring his team s first goal during the Italian Serie A football match between AC Milan and Genoa at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium - also called San Siro in Milan, on April 15, 2022. AFP

Three days after news of the dealings emerged, Bahrain's embassy to Britain confirmed in a tweet on Monday that Investcorp is in discussions to buy the Serie A leader for $1.1 billion.

The U.S.-based hedge firm Elliott Management has owned Milan since 2018 after the former Chinese owner failed to repay part of a loan. Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi controlled Milan for more than 30 years before selling to the Chinese group in 2017.

Neither Elliott nor Milan has discussed the talks with Investcorp, and club director Paolo Maldini said little when asked about it on Friday.

"It's normal that there could be a sale in the future of Milan,'' Maldini said then. ``I don't know when that will be.''

Investcorp, which was founded in Bahrain in 1982, delisted from the Bahrain stock exchange last year after almost four decades as it continues its global expansion of investments.

The embassy tweet said Investcorp "manages over $42 billion in assets across the globe.''

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