Chinese company Suning close to Inter Milan takeover: Italian press

Corriere dello Sport report says several of the club’s officials are in Nanjing, China, to thrash out a final deal valued at HK$2.28 billion

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 04 June, 2016, 12:29am
UPDATED : Saturday, 04 June, 2016, 12:30am

Chinese investors are on the brink of buying a majority share in Serie A giants Inter Milan, Italian media said on Friday.

According to daily newspaper, Corriere dello Sport, several Inter officials are now in Nanjing, China, to thrash out a final deal with electronics retailers Suning, who will acquire around a 70 per cent share in the Nerazzurri.

The deal, worth 263 million (HK$2.28 billion), could be completed next week, according to Corriere.

It was only three years ago that Indonesian businessman Erick Thorir bought a 70 per cent stake in the 18-time Italian champions.

Thorir will retain a 30 per cent share, Corriere said, while Italian petroleum tycoon Massimo Moratti is set to sell his 29.5 per cent share in the club.

Moratti was president of Inter on two occasions, from 1995 to 2004 and again from 2006 to 2013. His father Angelo previously held the same role from 1955 to 1968.

Inter’s great cross-town rivals AC Milan, with whom they share use of the city’s San Siro stadium, are also in talks with Chinese investors over a possible sale following 30 years under the control of former Italy prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.