Monday, 26th May, 2014

Luca Silvestrone, who is leading an American bid to take control of Cagliari, has dubbed tomorrow D-Day, with talks due to be held with the club's owner Massimo Cellino.

The American group are vying with another group, led by former Inter board member Tommaso Giulini, to buy the Serie A outfit from Cellino who, having recently acquired 75 per cent of English Championship side Leeds United, has insisted he cannot run two clubs.

Cellino has been leaning towards selling to Giulini, for as much as €50m, despite talks between the two breaking with no agreement last week.

The Americans have stepped up their own efforts however, conducting due diligence and being prepared to pay a sum believed to be around the €85m mark, which would include a proposal for a new stadium, designed by architect Dan Meis.


Cellino has said he will consider their offer as he feels the Cagliari supporters favour it. And Silvestrone believes tomorrow is D-Day.

"Tomorrow I am leaving at 10:35 for Miami", Silvestrone told Tutto Cagliari.

"I will arrive about five hours later and I will meet with president Cellino, together with other representatives of the American fund, and Dan Meis.

"The meeting will be an important crossroads.

"Either we give the go-ahead that will allow us to proceed with the drafting of contracts, or we will permanently close the door."

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