It has been confirmed that Ivan Gazidis is in talks with AC Milan about becoming the Italian club’s new CEO.
The Italian club, now owned by US hedge fund Elliott Management, have hinted at ongoing negotiations for some time, however, the decision by president Paolo Scaroni to publicly namecheck the Gunners executive hints at a newfound optimism that the hire will take place.
Speaking to Corriere della Serra, Scaroni revealed: “Negotiations with Gazidis are ongoing. The process of selecting a CEO must be done well and calmly.
“Whenever there’s any slowdown, I can reassure everyone by saying that in the meantime I’m here.
“I spend half of my time here, I put everything into this role. The CEO must have a profile that is in line with our objectives.
“The first is to increase revenue. It’s the starting point: if we raised €800m, we could afford Ronaldo.”
Gazidis, who moved to the Emirates in January 2009, has so far refused to speak about the rumours linking.
Also outside Premier League meeting, Ivan Gazidis gave no commitment to Arsenal when asked
— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) September 13, 2018
The Arsenal board have not had anything to say on the matter since a confusingly ambiguous statement at the end of July; now might be the time to put that right.