Bloomberg have Ivan Gazidis listed as joining AC Milan as their Chief Executive on 1 September 2018.

Gazidis has been heavily linked with a move to Milan all summer and although the club have issued a statement, it convinced no-one that there is no truth to these rumours.

The major US financial website, Bloomberg, have Gazidis joining AC Milan on 1 September according to their profile page for the Arsenal CEO, and this would tally with reports from Italy.

They claim Gazidis will see out this transfer window with Arsenal before leaving for Milan at the end of August.

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“We are aware of the speculation surrounding our chief executive Ivan Gazidis,” the Arsenal statement said earlier this week.

Arsenal's chairman Sir Chips Keswick (L) and chief executive officer Ivan Gazidis attend the UEFA Champions League Group A football match between Paris-Saint-Germain vs Arsenal FC, on September 13, 2016 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. / AFP / FRANCK FIFE
Arsenal’s chairman Sir Chips Keswick (L) and chief executive officer Ivan Gazidis attend the UEFA Champions League Group A football match between Paris-Saint-Germain vs Arsenal FC, on September 13, 2016 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. / AFP / FRANCK FIFE

“We know he receives many offers from organisations inside and outside the game as he’s a hugely respected figure. He has never accepted any of these opportunities and has never spoken about them publicly. He has always been fully committed to taking Arsenal forward and is currently working hard in Singapore with our new head coach Unai Emery as we prepare for the new season.”

Not long after that was released, Tuttomercatoweb published an article that said it was all pretty much irrelevant.

“Despite the Arsenal statement, Ivan Gazidis will soon be a Milan manager,” they wrote.

“According to Sky, this is a statement that guarantees the fans on the work of Gazidis until the end of this transfer window. But from September, the current Arsenal chairman will enter the Milan organization chart.”

In other words, Gazidis will stay with Arsenal until the end of August (the English transfer window closes before the Premier League starts but doesn’t close until the end of August around Europe).

Arsenal will no doubt have hoped that a statement would quieten this all down but it seems to have done absolutely nothing of the sort.

Unai Emery was asked if he had any information about Gazidis’s future and his comments also said little while seeming to say a lot.

“I speak with him every day,” Emery said earlier this week.

“We are committed here for many many years. I think he’s continuing here because it’s a very big project and his commitment with us, Arsenal Football Club, is very big.

“We are speaking about every decision for our club.”

He ‘thinks’…

Gazidis, meanwhile, has said nothing about the matter leading most Arsenal fans to assume he’s off. If he wasn’t, he would have confirmed that he was staying by now.

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