Inter and AC Milan will likely stick together in building a new stadium even in the event that they are forced to build in Sesto San Giovanni.
This according to today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via FCInterNews, who note that the clubs have been happy to work together so far, and that neither would be keen to bear the expense of building a new stadium all on their own.
Up to this point Inter and Milan’s plans have remained unchanged, as the two clubs have been working to try and secure approval to build a new stadium in place of the San Siro, the stadium which they have shared for decades.
The fact that approval has still not been forthcoming as delays and uncertainty have mounted has led to the very real possibility that the clubs could move the plans to the former Falck area of Sesto San Giovanni from the area where the San Siro currently stands.
Should the two clubs’ intentions diverge at this point, it could mean one of the two goes it alone, with the Rossoneri having been reported to be somewhat more inclined to move plans to Sesto in the interest of time if they can’t get approval to start construction in the city of Milan soon.
However, the €1.3 million cost of the new stadium plans means that neither club would exactly be jumping at the chance to build on their own, and so in the view of the Gazzetta, it is unlikely that they would do so.
Both clubs have earmarked over €600 million towards the project, and the request of the city council to add further capacity, to reach 75-80,000 seats, could mean an additional investment of €200 million total from the two clubs in building an additional ring.
This would not be inconsiderable and would strain both clubs’ budgets further for the project, possibly even causing them to abandon their current plans.
However, it is illustrative of the fact that neither of the two clubs in Milan feel that they can invest much more than they have already earmarked.
Even if a new location for the stadium were to be chosen, the costs would remain high, and for the Gazzetta the fact remains that the Nerazzurri and the Rossoneri would almost certainly rely on their long history of positive relations and cooperation to bear the costs together.