Jul 25, 2013, 6:13 PM EDT
Indonesian media entrepreneur Erick Thohir, who purchased a majority stake in DC United last season with Jason Levien, is in deep discussions about acquiring a 75% majority in Italian giants Internazionale, according to the Associated Press.
Thohir reportedly met with Inter president Massimo Moriatti today for lunch, and while Moriatti claimed the meeting was “only a chat,” many speculate it was meant to help further the expected deal.
It has been reported for a while that Thohir is interested in purchasing a stake in Inter, although the report that he’s looking for such a large majority is new – it had earlier been speculated that the sale would be for 40% of the club with more added on over time. The three-quarters stake in the Serie A club is valued around €350 million ($453 million).
After their talk, a rushed Moriatti told Gazzetta dello Sport “Did anything emerge? Absolutely not.”
Thorir also owns a stake in the Philadelphia 76ers in a consortium that includes Levien and actor Will Smith, and he is the current president of the Southeast Asia Basketball Association. He was the president of the Indonesian Basketball Association up until 2006, and owns two Indonesian basketball teams in the Satria Muda BritAma Jakarta and Indonesia Warriors.
Inter won the treble in the 2009/10 season, but have struggled since, finishing ninth in Serie A last season.
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