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The Chinese are coming

2:30 pm
China is throwing money at football at the moment, they are luring players with big money offers and the mercenaries in our game, like Paulinho, are moving there to play football.

The Chinese are coming

Now the Chinese are branching out and Italy seems to be the current destination of choice. Both Milan clubs have a brand name that is recognised throughout the football world and both AC Milan and Inter Milan are selling 70% ownership.

In Inter's case that is the stated figure, in AC Milan's case, it is believed to be the figure. They have been advised to keep an Italian management to not divorce themselves from the fans and it is reported that both want to take the respective clubs back to the top of the game.

It seems the Chinese, with an appalling human rights record, believe football is a way to open doors and seek links with foreign countries.They believe it will help them in business and politically. If that is the case, as is being reported in Italy by the man brokering the deal, Andrea Radrizzani, then it won't be long before they start looking for football brand names they can buy over here.

“First of all, I told my friends at Suning that they had to get into football in a certain way, and that was by acquiring the majority shares, especially if it is an brand as important as Inter. 
“There’s a visceral passion for football, the media pressure and fans is huge. I explained to them that will have integrate themselves in this culture and that it would be important to have an Italian management. 
“However they trust Thohir, this is guaranteed. The transition will be good unless Suning fail to understand the Italian way of doing things. 
“This acquisition is a good news for Inter. Suning has a solid group and can guarantee a bright future to the Nerazzurri. I believe they will spend. 
“The Chinese know how much the Inter brand [is worth] and will not hesitate to invest, also because Inter will open other doors for them in business and political relations.”
 There are plenty of dormant brands in the English game that need reviving, plenty a former great that has slipped down the divisions. Wolverhampton Wanderers is a sleeping giant, Sheffield Wednesday has a big fan base. It wouldn't be too difficult for a Chinese investor to revive one of those clubs and bring them back to the Premier League.

There was a time when Tottenham would have been a good club to buy but right now with a new stadium on the way and an NFL tie-up the price will have gone through the roof and ENIC won't be selling until the brand is built further. It has been a long process and some have given up hope, continually calling for heads to roll and for us to go back to square one and start all over again.

That was never a sensible option. People can look at things through nostalgic eyes and say the football is all that matters but in reality in modern day football that simply isn't true anymore. Without a successful business, you don't have a successful club. Both have to be built and when you are building for the top you have to build a sustainable business model first if you anything other than a one-off success.

I don't see the Chinese coming to White Hart Lane yet but you never know.

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Berlusconi to sell AC Milan to the Chinese

6:30 pm
AC Milan are about to have new owners, a consortium from China, a country where there is money being thrown at a football. It is another of the world's untapped markets.

AC Milan will have their debts wiped out in a £433 million (550m EUR - US$624.33m), although how much of the club that buys is unclear. reports suggest it may be a 70% takeover from current owner Silvio Berlusconi, who it is said wants to retain an element for pride. Sound like the Berlusconi we hear about in the UK. He will remain as Honorary President and the Berlusconi Cup will remain.

The club pay more rent to the municipal council to share their stadium with Inter Milan than West Ham are paying to rent the Olympic Stadium so quite why Karren Brady told the House of Lords Select Committee that nobody was successfully sharing a stadium is a mystery, it certainly wasn't accurate, but then none of her answers were.

Milan have the highest season ticket prices in Europe £4,078 (5,177 EUR - US$5,877) and are according to Forbes latest estimates, the 12th most valuable club in the world. The club wants to climb back to the top of Italian football and needs greater investment to do so. The Italian league is at the moment a one-team league with Juventus having won the title for the last 5 seasons.

The AC Milan brand is stronger than that of Inter Milan so with investment and the right marketing there is no reason why the club can't climb back into the UEFA Champions League and overtake the teams that have now overtaken them, like Napoli and Porto.

They will be one to keep an eye on in the coming years.

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Mario Balotelli for Erik Lamela

1:37 pm
A story has emerged from the Italian press than Spurs have offered a swop deal to AC Milan involving Mario Balotelli and Erik Lamela.

Italian paper Tuttosport are claiming that Franco Baldini is working to offload the 21 year-old Argentinian who has not settled and is not happy in England. They say the aim to to bring a new striker to White Hart Lane which could well be guesswork given Jermain Defoe is leaving and Roberto Soldado is out of form.

Balotelli is a top class striker who certainly bangs in the goals, however my question would be how is he going to fit into the team ethic that Louis Van Gaal will want to instill, assuming agreement is reached with Daniel Levy for him to take over.

There is no way Spurs are going to arrange any transfers without the approval of whoever is going to take over, just as they did discussing all transfer dealings with Andre Villas-Boas before he took over.

Mario Balotelli linked with Spurs
Mario Balotelli linked with Spurs swop deal
If the wayward striker can be controlled and he feels he has calmed down, there is no doubt he could score goals for us, he proved himself in the Premier League during his spell at Manchester City. At AC Milan he has scored 24 goals in 38 appearances and at Man City he scored 20 goals in 54 league appearances.

The other aspect that raises questions about a possible deal are his salary requirements. But they may not be as much of a problem as people think. In 2013 his salary was £3.69 million (€4.5m) which is just over £71,000 a week, well within out scope.

Of course we would not be the only team interested, Arsenal are said to want him also and they can offer the 23 year-old Champions League football where we can't. His arrival would certainly create a buzz and add an air of excitement to expectant supporters.

He gave an interview to Italian magazine Soccer Italia in which he said, “The Manchester City fans were fantastic with me and when I left, I said that I’d never be able to see myself in England with another shirt than City’s. But in football, nothing’s impossible.”

He spoke about a problematic relationship with Jose Mourinho who managed him at Inter before he moved to Manchester City, “We both have big personalities and sometimes that caused problems. We respect each other, there is now a healthy friendship.”

He went on to say he has grown up, “I made mistakes in the past and I have no problem admitting it. I’ve matured a lot in the past two years and I don’t think my conduct’s a problem anymore.”

Jermain Defoe out, Mario Balotelli in, yep I could handle that.

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Complications over Huntelaar Deal

2:36 pm
Marco Borriello is a wanted man
Manchester City and Juventus are interested in AC Milan's striker Marco Borriello.

According to some media streams, City is planning to request the 28-year-old in exchange for Robinho, knowing that AC Milan want the Brazilian, but due to their lack of financing at the moment, will need to offer a player in a part-ex if a deal is to get off the ground.

If Manchester City or Juventus tie up the signing of Borriello, that leaves Milan seriously short on options up front, even if they sign the troubled Brazilian. I'm only putting one and one together here folks, but if Borriello does leave, can you see Milan letting Huntelaar leave to?

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Huntelaar in Loan Move to Tottenham Hotspur

6:24 pm
The Mirror have reported that Daniel Levy is currently in talks with AC Milan over the possibility of bringing International Dutch striker, Klaas-Jan-Huntelaar, to White Hart Lane in a season-long loan deal.

The deal could include the option to buy at the end of the loan contract, with the sum reported to be in the region of £12 million.

If true, I wouldn't mind any possible loan deal. I've had my doubts about Huntelaar for a while, but if the story were true and there were no strings attached, I think it would suit all parties.

If Huntelaar can hit the onion bag and prove that he's a decent player in the Premier League, £12 million wouldn't be too steep.

I'll wait on Luís Fabiano though. A little birdy has told me that he could be a Spurs player within days. We all know what we think about silly little birdies though. Therefore, until something is concrete, I won't be believing anything, although no one ever said dreaming was wrong.

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