Inter ponder Indonesian cash injection

31 May 2013 01:47

Embattled Serie A giants Inter Milan could be set to sell a significant stake in the club to Indonesian businessman Erick Thohir, according to reports on Friday.

Inter have just completed one of the worst seasons in their history, finishing ninth in the league and missing out on European qualification.

Inter president Massimo Moratti has reportedly been in advanced talks with Thohir, the son of industry tycoon Teddy Thohir.

Television station Ore 24 claimed on Thursday that Erick Thohir, who already holds shares in the NBA club the Philadelphia 49ers as well as MLS outfit DC United, had tabled an offer of 280 million euros (£239m, $364m) in an attempt to secure an 80 percent stake in the club.

According to Friday's edition of La Gazzetta dello Sport, which carried a front page photo of Thohir holding an Inter shirt with his name on it and headlined 'Indo Inter', Moratti has already turned down a majority ownership offer from the Indonesian.

Reports elsewhere said Moratti is still pondering selling a 20 to 30 percent stake in the club, which would allow the Nerazzurri to invest in players for next season as well as boost their plans to build a new stadium.

Inter, the last Italian team to win the Champions League, in 2010, currently share the 80,000-plus capacity Giuseppe Meazza stadium, commonly known as the San Siro, with city rivals AC Milan.

Source: AFP