ROME – Rome could soon change ownership. Officials are still missing but it is a matter of days, if not hours, sources close to the Capitoline club, which should pass into the hands of the American billionaire Dan Friedkin, report . In the past month and a half there have been several meetings between his group and current President James Pallotta. To divide them so far, according to what has emerged, it has been price: Pallotta and its investors would value the company about 800 million, including the stadium project. Friedkin's initial offer was around 750 million, but the difference would have narrowed – 780 million – in the last few hours and the changeover is expected by December 31.
If new ownership is, therefore, it will still be an American property. The transfer of ownership hypothesis is assisted by Goldman Sachs, who has moved since rumors about a possible change at the top began to circulate on 20 November. For Dan Friedkin it would be the right opportunity to enter the world of sports business. In 2017 he tried but without success with the Huston Rockets, an NBA jewel team, where the Boston Celtics also play in which the current president of Roma Pallotta sits. Friedkin, owner and CEO of the Friedkin Group and with a personal net worth of 4.3 billion dollars, is according to Forbes among the richest men in the United States and would take over from a tired Pallotta, who seems less and less interested in the fate of the team also complicating the vicissitudes of the construction of the stadium, whose construction was to be completed by 2016 but still blocked by the indecisions of the Capitoline junta.
Although the price requested by Pallotta may seem excessive, the construction of the stadium would represent the most interesting asset for Friedkin, together with the investment in the 'brand' Rome, tempting for an American entrepreneur also active in the luxury field. Some online newspapers of the capital meanwhile already give the agreement in fact. RomaPress cites some lawyers of the American tycoon who would have confirmed a "total agreement" between the parties. The official, say the same sources, will come between tonight and tomorrow morning.
Source: Blitz Quotidiano