After a year away from being involved in club football, former AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi and previous vice-president Adriano Galliani are in negotiations to take over Serie C club Monza.
The 81-year-old sold the Rossoneri to Yonghong Li in April 2017 but the former Diavolo patron and his right-hand man have the desire to become involved in Italian football again, with the plan to turn the club into a place where young Italian talent can be nurtured.
“We had just sold Milan, we missed a lot about football, and [I was] talking about this and that with the president last year about the hypothesis of buying another club,” Galliani told Il Corriere della Sera.
“We had already agreed that the only team that could be taken over, without cancelling the unique relationship with Milan, would have been Monza.
“In the last few days, the temptation has turned into an operative idea. On behalf of the president I phoned Nicola Colombo, number one of Monza, to check the willingness to negotiate. Berlusconi has already spoken on the phone with Nicola and his father Felice, who was also president of Milan.
“We all agree in developing the idea of a Monza squad made up of players who can be registered for Italian national teams. The president’s philosophy, shared by the current owners, is to make the club a base for the various Italian representative teams from the Under-15s upwards.”