AC Milan Owner Berlusconi to Sell Vladimir Putin a Stake in Club?

Tim Fontenault@Tim_FontenaultCorrespondent IAugust 2, 2012

Old friends from the political arena, now potential business partners with AC Milan?
Old friends from the political arena, now potential business partners with AC Milan?

AC Milan owner Silvio Berlusconi has been invited to Russia by old friend and current Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and according to Football-Italia, it is very likely that the two will discuss Putin becoming an investor in the club.

Milan have been forced to play seller this summer due to their debt, causing them to sell Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva. That helped Milan to cover their debts, but now Milan still need to find money to stay competitive over the long term.

Milan are looking for money to continuously fill small needs in the transfer market, build the youth sector and potentially improve their stadium, especially after Inter Milan announced a deal with Chinese investors and their plan to be in their own stadium by 2017 (via Forbes).

Berlusconi will be in Russia to enjoy himself and visit with his old friend, but business will certainly come up and as he told Milan Channel, the timing of his statements about looking for foreign investors was not a coincidence.

It's an interesting situation. Milan have paid off their debt and will be competitive this year, but they will have a lot more to work with if they want to continue developing for the future. Putin could throw some much-desired money to the club to help keep Milan strong for a long time.

There aren't many details other than that the two men will talk about the prospect, but what is your take on it? Are you for or against Putin becoming involved in Milan?