Finnish businessman Thomas Zilliacus has confirmed his intention to make an offer to invest in Inter Milan soon.
Speaking to Italian news outlet FCInterNews, Zilliacus also noted that the final decision will lay in the hands of Nerazzurri owners Suning and President Steven Zhang.
The rumour mill hardly stops spinning when it comes to potential changes of ownership at Inter.
And one of the names that has arisen as a possible candidate to take over at the Nerazzurri in recent months is Finnish businessman Zilliacus.
The Finn has not hidden his intentions. He has spoken openly about having a big interest in buying Inter.
And in a recent tweet, Zilliacus claimed that he has raised significant capital from investors.
The Finnish businessman states that he has raised around €2.5 billion in total, And he says that part of this would be used to invest in Inter.
XXI Century Capital has signed agreements for 2.5 billion USD with investors who want to invest in the projects of XXICC. We will make an updated friendly offer for Inter Milan using part of the funds. #nerazzurri #intermilan #SerieA #xxicc pic.twitter.com/NRgNZ2n8pE
— Thomas Zilliacus (@TZilliacus) November 6, 2023
What is not clear is exactly how much of that would go towards an investment in the Nerazzurri.
Inter owners Suning would by all accounts expect a very significant offer to consider selling the club.
Reports suggest that Suning want well in excess of €1 billion. They could aim for the €1.2 billion that RedBird paid to acquire AC Milan as a benchmark.
Meanwhile, InvestCorp would reportedly be ready to offer around €1.3 billion, according to some reports.
Thomas Zilliacus Confirms Intention To Make Offer To Invest In Inter
There is also the question of whether Zilliacus (or any other interested party) would come in as a minority investor at Inter, or take over the club outright.
Many reports have indicated that Suning prefer the latter option.
The current Inter owners would welcome a cash injection from new investors. However, they also aim to remain in control at the club.
Zilliacus said of his intentions that “I hope to be able to to invest in Inter in the coming months.”
“We’ll make an offer,” he added.
“Then it’s ultimately up to the owners do decide whether to accept it or not,” he made clear.