Previous
Las Palmas
Real Sociedad
7:45 PM UTC
Game Details
VfL Wolfsburg
Werder Bremen
7:30 PM UTC
Game Details
Burton Albion
Blackburn Rovers
7:45 PM UTC
Game Details
Wolverhampton Wanderers
Birmingham City
7:45 PM UTC
Game Details
Tijuana
Monterrey
3:00 AM UTC Feb 25, 2017
Game Details
Melbourne City FC
Sydney FC
8:50 AM UTC
Game Details
Brisbane Roar
Wellington Phoenix FC
6:35 AM UTC Feb 25, 2017
Game Details
Next

Europa League round of 16 draw

Europa League
Read

Manchester United at Wembley quiz

Quiz
Read

Trending: Leicester sack Ranieri

Latest
Read
FC DallasFC Dallas
Arabe UnidoArabe Unido
4
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details

Putin linked with Milan investment

Speculation is increasing in Italy that Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to invest in AC Milan via the partially state-owned utility company Gazprom.

• Allegri: Juve are favourites
• Dzeko hints at Milan move

Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi, the former Italian Prime Minister, told the club's own TV station he was willing to speak to potential investors, marking a distinct change in outlook from his previous stance.

Asked about foreign investors, he said: "The doors are open for anyone who wants to help our squad. We have Milan in our hearts and we are always thinking about what's best for Milan."

Following the sales of Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Paris Saint-Germain, Milan have cleared the majority of their debts and he added: "Our finances will now be in order for the next three to four years."

Berlusconi is a close friend of Putin and La Gazzetta dello Sport has reported that he travelled to Russia for four days on "non-political" business. Talks over Gazprom buying a stake in the seven-time European champions are believed to be the reason.

Gazprom already invests heavily in the sport and is the shirt sponsor of 1991 European Cup winners Red Star Belgrade, Russian side Zenit St Petersburg and Budesliga outfit Schalke. The Italian sports daily believes the company will purchase a 25% stake in return for a €180 million cash injection.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.