As we've seen with the bunga bunga parties and relations with underage prostitues that ended his marriage and mishandling of Italy's economic crisis which forced him to resign as prime minister, Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi has never been one to consider the potential consequences of his actions. And so, after putting up a bit of a fight last month, Berlusconi has decided to sell two of Milan's best players, Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, to PSG for a reported €62 million.
Said Berlusconi when he confirmed the curious move (via Soccernet):
"Yes, I've sold Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva to PSG," he told Sky Sport 24. "We will save €150 million over two years."
Hooray! Silvio Berlusconi (the "we" in that statement) will save some cash. That will certainly calm any fears Milan fans had upon first hearing this news. Because they certainly care far less about reclaiming the Serie A title next season than they do about saving Italy's sixth richest man a bit of money.
Though the PSG deal is contingent on the Qatar-backed Parisian club meeting Zlatan Ibrahimovic's increased wage demands, this just lops even more off the top of Milan's wage bill, which has already been significantly reduced with mass departure of the club's aging stars. Clarence Seedorf, Alessandro Nesta, Rino Gattuso, Gianluca Zambrotta, Mark van Bommel and Pippo Inzaghi have already loosened up Milan's budget by walking away since the final day of last season. And now Silvio will be saving €150 million more over the next two seasons. A savings that could be quite a bit less than Berlusconi estimates should the departure of Serie A's leading goal scorer and the league's Defender of the Year result in Milan failing to qualify for the Champions League next season.
But why worry about that? Berlusconi is preparing to mount what will likely be another costly bid for public office and Milan only have to try and keep up with a club that went undefeated last season. There's no way this could backfire. One hundred and fifty million euros over two years!
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- Silvio Berlusconi
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