The Ricketts family that owns the Chicago Cubs says it is negotiating to purchase the debt-ridden AC Milan football team.

The Milan office of the Edelman public relations firm, which has been hired to represent the Ricketts, says the entire family is interested in Milan for “a medium- to long-period investment” and wants to create “a strong bond with the city.”

The interest comes as seven-time European champion Milan faces UEFA sanctions over a breach of financial fair play regulations.

Milan last year spent more than 200 million euros (then nearly $250 million) on new players amid questions over the financial stability of the Chinese-led consortium that purchased the club from Silvio Berlusconi for $800 million in April 2017.

Milan qualified for the Europa League next season but risks being excluded as part of the possible sanctions.