Soccer: Moratti to sell 70% of Inter to Thohir
Deal with Indonesian magnate 'in a month' says chairman19 September, 18:56
(ANSA) - Milan, September 19 - Inter Milan chairman Massimo Moratti is close to reaching a deal to sell a majority stake in the Serie A giants to Indonesian magnate Erik Thohir, ANSA sources said after the businessmen spoke in Paris Thursday.
"We'll have to speak again; a deal should be sealed in a month's time if all goes well. I probably won't stay on as chairman," Moratti told reporters outside his Milan home. Thohir is set to buy 70% of the three-time European champions.
Many Inter fans are unhappy about the end to the double 'Moratti eras' of oilmen Angelo, who bankrolled the 'Great Inter' of the 1950s and '60s, and his son Massimo, who took over the Milanese club in 1995 and spent lavishly and vainly for years before finally equalling his father's success.
The 'Great Inter' side won two European Cups in the 1960s, and four scudetti between 1963 and 1971.
The crowning achievement of Massimo's stint was the 2010 treble by José Mourinho's side, which gave Moratti Jr a tally of five league titles including one claimed because of Juventus's demotion after a match-fixing scandal.
Thohir already has a presence in the world of sport as part owner of Major League Soccer club DC United and the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball team.
In the past, Massimo Moratti has said the deal with Thohir might be linked to the construction of a new stadium.
Inter currently pays rent to the city council to use the San Siro stadium on match days and they have to share the ground with local rivals AC Milan.