AC Milan's Berlusconi era is at an end

He has sold the Italian giants to Chinese investors

Silvio Berlusconi

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Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has sold AC Milan after owning the Serie A club for 31 years.

The seven time European Cup/Champions League winners have been bought by a group of Chinese investors.

It is thought to have cost them in the region of €740 million.

AC Milan confirmed the deal in an official statement on their club website.

"Today Fininvest has completed the sale of the entire stake owned in AC Milan - equal to 99.93% - to Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux," said the Rossoneri.

"The closing is the last step of the purchase agreement signed on August 5th 2016 and renewed on March 24th by Fininvest CEO Danilo Pellegrino and David Han Li, as a representative of Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux.

"The terms of the agreement are the same disclosed in August and reflect of an aggregate evaluation of AC Milan equal to EUR740 million, which includes the club’s indebtedness, equal to EUR220 million as of June 30th 2016. A EUR90 million refund for AC Milan’s running costs anticipated by Fininvest from July 1st 2016 hitherto add up to the evaluation.

"The buyers also confirmed their commitment to undertake significant capital increases and liquidity injections aimed at strengthening AC Milan’s financial structure.

"Tomorrow, Friday April 14th, AC Milan’s shareholders’ meeting will resolve , inter alia, on the appointment of the new governance bodies of the company.

"Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux was supported by the financial adviser Rothschild & Co. and by the law firms Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners and Gattai, Minoli, Agostinelli & Partners. Fininvest was supported respectively by Lazard and Studio Chiomenti."

Since Berlusconi became AC Milan owner in the 1980s, the club has enjoyed periods of immense success in Italy and on the European scene, although they have been experiencing a lower ebb in recent seasons in tandem with Serie A's own decline as an elite league.