Tuesday January 16 2018
Prosecutors receive Milan file

Rumours continue to swirl that Milan’s takeover is being investigated, with a report passed to the public prosecutor.

It was reported over the weekend that former owner Silvio Berlusconi was being investigated for money laundering, having sold the Rossoneri to Yonghong Li’s consortium last April.

The chief prosecutor denied that an investigation had been opened, while Berlusconi called the allegations ridiculous.

La Stampa stood firmly behind their story though, and today both that newspaper and Gazzetta dello Sport are reporting a file has been passed to prosecutors.

The tax police division of the Guardia di Finanza is said to have passed on a 12-page report concerning three suspicious transactions, namely the three deposits of €100m paid before the takeover.

La Stampa reports that the file is with deputy prosecutor Fabio De Pasquale, who is looking to define exactly where the money came from.

The €300m arrived in Italy having gone through companies in China, Hong Kong, Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands.

In addition, precise and verifiable information on Yonghong Li’s companies is missing, making it hard to ascertain the origin of the money.

A decision will be made in the coming days about whether to formally open an investigation into the sale, and Gazzetta notes it was De Pasquale who was behind a tax fraud probe into Berlusconi which saw him barred from public office.

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