Milan Owner Cardinale Paying Rare Visit to the Team

Milan owner Gerry Cardinale will be on the stands for Tuesday’s clash with Tottenham. Going far in the Champions League is pivotal for the strategy of RedBird Capital. On top of the €20M income generated by making it to the Round of Eight, faring well in the most important competition is one of the main vehicles for the club to gain visibility abroad.

Per La Gazzetta dello Sport, the tycoon will have a series of meetings at the club’s HQ beforehand. He’ll convene with CEO Giorgio Furlani and the sports management to better define their roles. Recent leaks revealed that the chief has a wide range of powers that go beyond economic matters and encompasses institutional relationships, TV rights, and transfer market deals. For instance, he can complete on his own acquisitions up to €30M.

Cardinale hasn’t attended a Milan game since September, five months ago, when the Rossoneri defeated Inter 3-2. The recent win over Torino dispersed the clouds that had started to gather over Stefano Pioli’s head, although a coaching change wasn’t really being considered.

The new stadium will be a more pressing matter. The entrepreneur gets daily updates on it from president Paolo Scaroni. At this stage, he hasn’t set up meetings with the local authorities, but his schedule is fluid. The club is waiting for the final green light from the city council and the government to build the new arena in the San Siro area. If new problems or delays arise, the Rossoneri are ready to move to a different zone without Inter.

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