AC Milan are cooling their interest in Ivan Gazidis having grown frustrated at the time it’s taking to recruit the Arsenal CEO.
According to Corriere dello Sport, the Italian giants, who are now owned by American hedge fund Elliott Management, acknowledge the ‘road is increasingly steep’, in part because the Gunners have not yet put the South-African born law graduate on gardening leave.
Gazidis has been offered a hefty pay increase to move to the San Siro where he’d work alongside new directors Leonardo and Paolo Maldini to return the beleaguered Rossoneri to their glory days.
The53-year-old has thus far refused to speak about the speculation even though Arsenal released a statement earlier in the summer paying lip service to the situation.
After years playing second fiddle to Arsene Wenger at the Emirates, 2018 has seen Gazidis come to the fore. He appointed Sven Mislintat as head of recruitment in late 2017, brought in Raul Sanllehi as the club’s de facto director of football, recruited Unai Emery as head coach in May and appears to have the backing of majority shareholder Stan Kroenke.
The timing of this new opportunity must be making life complicated for all concerned. Indeed, The Times claimed last week that Arsenal’s senior management team are increasingly annoyed by the lack of clarity and want a resolution either way, as soon as possible.
There have been rumours that Kroenke’s son Josh, promoted to vice chairman of KSE and KSE UK in April, could assume more responsibility if Gazidis leaves.