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Sunday March 8 2020
Milan a dysfunctional family

Zvonimir Boban's sacking is just the tip of the iceberg, as Vijay Rahaman looks into the utter chaos that is the current Milan management.

AC Milan has always prided itself on being a "family club", but right now this legendary sporting institution is tearing itself apart, taking valuable attention away from on-field issues that still need fixing.

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Monday January 13 2020
Lille: 'Elliott want to sell Milan'

Lille President Gerard Lopez claims Elliott Management intend to grow his club, whereas they “funded Milan to be bought” at a profit.

The US hedge fund is in control of Milan only because previous owner Yonghong Li defaulted on repayments on a €300m high-interest loan he had used to purchase the club from Silvio Berlusconi.

Elliott expanded their football investments by helping Lopez to fund Ligue 1 side Lille with another large loan of €140m.

However, the two approaches may well be different.

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Wednesday January 8 2020
Han Li: 'Trust nobody at Milan'

Former Milan executive director David Han Li revealed what happened behind the scenes with Yonghong Li and Elliott Management. “The nightmare was real. We don’t trust anyone now.”

The entire affair caused immense confusion, as after purchasing the club from Silvio Berlusconi in May 2017 only to effectively have their holding company repossessed for failing to meet payments on a loan to hedge fund Elliott Management.

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Wednesday November 20 2019
Yonghong Li breaks Milan silence?

Former Milan President Yonghong Li has seemingly broken his silence with an extraordinary offer to “help” the club. “I'm so sad at the way things are going now.”

A Twitter account purporting to be from the Chinese businessman appeared today with a series of messages telling his side of the story.

He purchased AC Milan from Silvio Berlusconi in April 2017 with the aid of a €330m loan from Elliott Management Corporation, but defaulted on repayments and the club was essentially repossessed in July 2018.

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Tuesday November 12 2019
The worst €200m ever spent

Just two signings from Milan's summer transfer splurge of 2017 started against Juventus. For Emmet Gates, it perfectly encapsulated the sheer recklessness of the Yonghong Li era...

Take a look at Milan’s starting XI in their 1-0 defeat to Juventus on Sunday, what do you notice? If you don’t have the time, or patience, to figure it out, it’s this: Hakan Calhanoglu and Andrea Conti were the only starters that were bought from Yonghong Li’s hedonistic summer spending spree of 2017. The sole survivors.

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Sunday November 10 2019
Accepting Milan as they are now

Football Italia Chief Correspondent Richard Hall looks at Milan’s plight and argues these are the times when true fans show their love for the club.

Mediolanum, that was a football kit, red and black, worn by Marco van Basten, Ruud Gullit, and Frank Rijkaard. So many names are in this chapter, San Siro was iconic already, but was even more so after this. George Weah, Paolo Maldini, Franco Baresi, even writing these few sentences brings a smile, Il Grande Milan.

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Saturday October 26 2019
Maldini: 'Milan wrong to talk targets'

Paolo Maldini accepts Milan “made a mistake by talking about objectives. We were banned from Europe" because they inherited a club €126m in the red.

The technical director has been giving interviews with Sky Sport Italia, released throughout the weekend, shining a light on the situation at San Siro.

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Friday October 11 2019
Stop waiting for someone to save Milan

Fans have turned on Milan management again after Stefano Pioli replaced Marco Giampaolo, as Vijay Rahaman urges supporters to stop seeking a saviour.

Marco Giampaolo was dismissed from his post at the Rossoneri after just 111 days. For those unfamiliar, that cricket score is called a Nelson after Admiral Nelson, who as the legend had it, had ‘one eye, one arm and one leg’ at the end of his existence. This was however, later debunked as false, as the Englishman never lost a leg. The same can't be said for the Swiss-born Giampaolo, as after three wins and four losses in seven games, he was relieved of his duties on Tuesday afternoon.

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Friday October 11 2019
Milan: Li under investigation

Former Milan owner Li Yonghong is being investigated by Chinese authorities for giving false information about his financial situation.

Li bought Milan in the summer of 2017 from Silvio Berlusconi but was ousted from the club just a year later after he defaulted on a €303m loan, with which he financed his takeover.

The businessman continues to cut a shady figure, and ANSA reports contact has been made between prosecutors in Milan and judicial authorities in China.

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Sunday September 29 2019
Commisso: 'I could've bought Milan!'

Fiorentina President Rocco Commisso prepares to face Milan tonight, reminding everyone “a year ago, I could’ve bought this club.”

It kicks off at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT), click here for the line-ups and LIVEBLOG.

“A year ago, I could’ve become the President of Milan, but now I am 100 per cent Fiorentino and very happy to have bought Fiorentina,” the Italian-American businessman told Sky Sport Italia.

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