A group of American investors led by Boston executive Thomas DiBenedetto is close to agreeing a deal to a majority share in Roma.
DiBenedetto’s group is reportedly prepared to pay €77 million for a 60 percent stake in the club. The Unicredit bank, which last year became co-owner of Roma following a debt-for-equity swap with the Sensi family, will retain 40 percent of the club but then sell part of its share to “strategic Italian investors.”
“The signature for the agreements is scheduled for within the next 20 days,” a joint statement said.
Roma shares on the Milan stock exchange fell in Wednesday trading, down 6.58 percent at €1.121 per share.
The deal would make the four-man American group the first foreign majority owners of a Serie A club.
DiBenedetto is one of approximately 13 limited partners in the Boston Red Sox ownership group. The other members of the group are Boston Celtics shareholder James Pallotta, Michael Ruane and Richard D’Amore.
Roma is reported to have one of the largest debts among Italian clubs, with the Gazzetta dello Sport estimating its deficit this year alone to be €40 million.
DiBenedetto has already declared he plans to build a new stadium.