Thohir plays down Inter takeover claims
The next PSG or Man City? Erick Thohir's plans to revolutionize Inter

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The next PSG or Man City? Erick Thohir's plans to revolutionize Inter

Indonesian businessman Erick Thohir has confirmed he is in talks with Inter president Massimo Moratti about investing in the Nerazzurri - but laughed off reports he is set to purchase an 80 percent controlling stake in the club.

Jakarta-born Thohir, who co-owns MLS outift D.C United, was reportedly closing in on a deal to buy the Italian giants after meeting with Moratti and his son, Angelo Mario, in Milan on Thursday.

The 43-year-old was also said to be keen on hiring former Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo after the Brazilian quit his post with the French champions earlier this month.  However, the media-mogul was tight-lipped on how advanced negotiations were with the Moratti family, while also denying Leonardo's proposed involvement in the venture.

He told Sky Sport Italia: "I have the greatest respect for the Moratti family, an important family, and at this point in time I don’t want to reveal anything about the talks."

"I’m hopeful. But what I can say is that we are not talking about an 80 percent share of the club, absolutely not. Furthermore, I would not allow myself to present a list of directors to be brought into the club. I heard rumors of Leonardo, but that is not true.

"I also don’t want to interfere with transfer market choices."

Earlier this summer Moratti - who has been charge at San Siro since 1995 - refuted reports he would be willing to sell his stake in the club.

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