Hours after Atlético Madrid’s Executive Board publicly announced its decision to can coach Gregorio Manzano, both the club’s president, Enrique Cerezo, and its general manager and majority shareholder, Miguel Ángel Gil Marín, spoke to the press regarding the team’s current state of affairs. “We submitted an offer to ‘el Cholo’ Simeone,” Cerezo told reporters at
Miguel Ángel Gil Marín recently rejected an approach by an American investment company to purchase his shares in Atlético. A €75m offer was apparently made two months ago for Gil Marín’s 56 per cent stake in the club. Gil Marín is planning a capital increase for this summer, and it’s rumoured to be a possibility that shares will eventually be sold to the American investment group.
The reliable radio station Onda Cero reported this afternoon that agent Jorge Mendes had completed a €20m transfer of De Gea to Manchester United. The news broke quickly and within hours Miguel Ángel Gil Marín contacted the radio station to deny the agreement, although he later admitted the goalkeeper’s future is entirely in his own steady hands.
Atlético directors Enrique Cerezo and Miguel Ángel Gil Marín found themselves very busy in Turkey on Friday, as they looked to take care of a number of business transactions in Istanbul. Reports in the Turkish media confirm they are, in fact, negotiating the sale of Diego Forlán to Besiktas, the purchase of Arda Turan from Galatasaray and a sponsorship deal for next season with Turkish Airlines.
It’s been quiet around Atléticos por el Cambio for some weeks now. In February they publicly criticised the current owners of Atlético, as the group intends to help give the club back to its fans. But at a press conference on Monday, the protest group alleged that Gil and Cerezo were preparing to sell their shares in the club.
The Law Firm of Cremades & Calvo-Sotelo has officially withdrawn its 4,000 page report in which it had claimed Atlético’s debt was at €782m. The retracted report was prepared for Asociacion Señales de Humo, clients of the firm. Cremades issued a public apology to Enrique Cerezo and Miguel Ángel Gil Marín.
Atlético will be looking to file a lawsuit against the Señales de Humo association of fans and journalists and the Law Firm of Cremades & Calvo-Sotelo. The club accuses the parties of presenting grossly inaccurate information regarding Atleti’s finances, particularly the club’s debt, which the report prepared by Cremades & Calvo-Sotelo attorneys claims is at €782m.
Spain’s anti-corruption prosecution agency, the Fiscalía Anticorrupción, is reportedly investigating the family of Atlético General Director Miguel Angel Gil Marín as part of an alleged 2003-04 financial scandal which took place at the club. President Enrique Cerezo may also be implicated. If found guilty, the pair could be forced out of the club.
A week after appearing on a radio show together, Atlético directors Enrique Cerezo and Miguel Ángel Gil Marín went to the offices of AS for an interview and responded to attacks from opposition groups. The pair also spoke about the club’s stance regarding league television contracts and other financial issues.