Italian football fans have been treated to a spectacle of epic proportions for the past few weeks with the opening ceremony of the Serie A champions’ match against Lazio.
The match, staged on Saturday night at the Campo Santo stadium, was the culmination of a year of negotiations between the Italian and Italian-based companies who control Serie A.
Italian media outlet Il Giornale reported on Friday that a consortium led by the owners of AC Milan, AS Roma and Roma, will be making a bid for the title in 2021.
The Milanese group has been leading negotiations for years, but they have been hindered by the fact that they are not part of a consortium that runs the Champions League.
In this year’s competition, AC Milan will have to compete with the reigning champions Juventus, who are the only other entity that can claim the trophy.
Juventus are not the only Italian club to be considering a bid, however, with Milan also in the mix, although the former club are also believed to be willing to sell their European football rights to the highest bidder.
The two parties have been in negotiations for a long time and are expected to finalise their agreement by the end of this month.
The first leg of the competition will be played on Sunday in Turin, but there is a chance that the final will be staged at the Stadio Olimpico in Milan on the same night.
The Italian FA will hold a press conference on Tuesday (local time) to announce the final date of the 2019/20 Champions League, which will take place in the same stadium.