French Billionaire targets Barcelona legend and current Man City coach for planned AC Milan rebuild

French billionaire Bernard Arnault has been rumoured to take over Italian giants AC Milan, and has ‘dreams and ambitions‘ to take the now-six time Ballon d’Or winner, Lionel Messi and current Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola to the San Siro with him, according to La Repubblica, as relayed by Sport Witness.

Elliott Management Corporation are the current investors in the three time Champions League winners AC Milan and are now concerned that the project they are building is failing. With poor performances on the field leaving them in 11th place in the Serie A, CEO Ivan Gazidis’ position is in doubt and tensions are mounting.

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An earlier report from La Repubblica had suggested the Bernard Arnault is the most interested in the club, and recent quotes in the newspaper suggests he would like to bring two of the very best to the club. Arnault said:

“If I ever had to take a step like that, I would like the best footballer in the world and the best coach,”

It is claimed by the report that Messi and Guardiola could be acquired for fee of €59 million (€40m for Messi and €19m for Guardiola). These figures are ‘not unreachable‘.

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With increasing speculation of Guardiola’s future, and the rife Juventus rumours going round in the summer. Italy could be the next stop for the boss, once his Manchester City contract is up in 2021.


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