Roma have released a statement to confirm that talks are underway with an American company interested in investing in the club.
Il Tempo reported on Tuesday night that US consortium the Friedkin Group were interested in taking over the club – with the rumours leading to Roma’s share price increasing and purchasing of stocks being suspended.
Dan Friedkin, born 1965, has a net worth of $4.2bn, according to Forbes.
Roma have now issued a press release confirming that initial talks are underway over potential investment.
Comunicato di AS Roma SPV LLC: "Informiamo che sono in corso dei contatti preliminari con potenziali investitori al fine di permettere loro di valutare l’opportunità di un possibile investimento in AS ROMA SPV LLC"#ASRoma #Friedkin @tempoweb pic.twitter.com/Bed4Iy9ITa— Filippo Biafora (@Fil_Biafora) November 20, 2019
The statement reads: “Upon request from CONSOB, with reference to the rumours appeared today in the press concerning a potential acquisition of A.S. Roma S.p.A. shares by some potential investors, AS ROMA SPV LLC, the company which indirectly holds A.S. Roma S.p.A., through its controlled company NEEP ROMA HOLDING S.p.A., hereby informs that preliminary talks are ongoing with some potential investors in order to allow this latter to assess the opportunity of a potential investment in AS ROMA SPV LLC. In the case of reaching of agreements concerning the transfer of shares held in A.S. Roma S.p.A., AS ROMA SPV LLC will provide the Market with adequate information within the terms provided by the law.”
Roma are currently owned by American businessman James Pallotta, who took over the running of the club in 2012. A divisive figure, Pallotta has pushed forward with the Stadio Della Roma project, but the club are yet to win a trophy under his regime.