Pallotta wants €800m for Roma sale

Roma confirmed that they’ve established negotiations with new investors and James Pallotta has reportedly set an €800m price tag on the Giallorossi.

The Friedkin Group has reportedly been interested in Roma for a while, but new reports claim that there are many other giants who are interested in buying the club.

Il Messaggero has reported that the Qatari royal family’s Mayhoola for Investments has shown their interest, together with Qatar Sport Investments, who are already the owners of Paris Saint-Germain.

Mubadala Development Company and Adia are also reported to have manifested their interests in buying the giants from the Italian capital, but Friedkin Group are leading the chase, ready to present an offer.

The American businessman Dan Friedkin has caused a storm around the club and Roma’s shares were suspended on the stock exchange after surging through the roof.

The numbers had skyrocketed, and after only 20 minutes of the exchange, they had increased by +13,75 per cent.

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Kean: ‘I made a mistake’

Everton forward Moise Kean admits he “made a mistake” and insists he is ready to move on and fight for his place in the Premier League.

The Italy international has been linked with a move back to Serie A after a tough start to life at Goodison Park. He has lately been punished for tardiness, as he was dropped by both club and national team.

The former Juventus starlet bounced back with a brace for the Azzurrini against Armenia, and is now looking to do the same at Everton.

 “I made a mistake,” Kean told the Corriere dello Sport. “Now I must put my head down and work hard.”

The 19-year-old admits it has been a difficult period, but is adamant that he will adapt to the English lifestyle soon.

“The Premier League is a very different championship to Serie A,” he added. “I need time to adapt. If I have to focus on an immediate objective, it must be to claim a place in the starting line-up at Everton and work towards this.”

Despite the ongoing reports on him looking for a return to Italy after only a few months, and the loan deal links with both Roma and Milan, Kean denies he has been thinking about his options.

“I’m not thinking about the transfer market, there are others who do that. I am only looking at what happens now, I just want to train and play,” he underlined.

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Dzeko Man Utd alternative to Mandzukic?

Manchester United are reportedly targeting Roma forward Edin Dzeko, as they are not convinced about Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic.

The last month has strongly pointed Mandzukic in the direction of Manchester United, but now the Corriere dello Sport and ESPN claim the former Manchester City striker Dzeko is instead a new target at Old Trafford.

Mandzukic has been left out of the Juventus squad by Maurizio Sarri this season and the lack of minutes might make United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer concerned about his overall condition.

The difference between outcast Mandzukic and the Bosnian forward at the Olimpico, is a contract tying him to the capital until 2022.

Dzeko signed with Roma this summer and the 33-year-old has scored five times in 12 games under Paulo Fonseca this season.

Roma are currently on par with Atalanta on 22 points at fifth in Serie A and will face Brescia at home when they return from the international break this Sunday.

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Roma confirm investment talks

Roma have announced that talks are under way with “some potential investors”, amidst speculation of more American involvement.

American consortium Friedkin Group was reported to have begun due diligence on Roma’s accounts last month, with a view to investing in the club.

It emerged earlier today that trading of Giallorossi stock had been suspended, and they have now confirmed negotiations are taking place. 

A statement reads: “Upon request from CONSOB, with reference to the rumors 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.”

The Lupi have been run by American businessman James Pallotta since 2012.

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Mancini: ‘Balo has six months’

Roberto Mancini is giving Mario Balotelli six months to get back into the Italy squad for Euro 2020, but they’ve “renewed as much as possible.”

The Italy boss was speaking at the Social Football Summit in Rome, and spoke about their 100 per cent qualifying record after predecessor Giampiero Ventura failed to reach the 2018 World Cup.

“A year ago it was a very difficult moment. The general situation was sad. It was important to renew as much as possible. We had to give courage to players that had never played in Serie A, and to give players games based on technical ability.

“I was fortunate to have collaborators who come from the youth sectors and who know the younger players.”

Mario Balotelli returned to Serie A after years of playing abroad with the aim of making the squad for Euro 2020, but so far the former Milan and Inter striker has only scored twice for new club Brescia.

“He has six months, a lot can happen,” Mancini said when asked about his protege. 

The CT acknowledged he has practically decided the final squad that he will name for the tournament.

“At this moment, the group is that I only have one or two doubts, depending on injuries. Unfortunately I cannot call all the 34-35 players that deserve to be there. I can only bring 23.

“I am happy that enthusiasm has returned from the fans. Calling on [Nicolo] Zaniolo, when he had hardly played in Serie A, could’ve been a crazy thing, likewise for [Sandro] Tonali, [Moise] Kean and [Gianluca] Scamacca.

“They’re quality players, but we decided to call them up and with the help of the more experienced players we have managed to create a good group.”

Italy are in Pot 1 for Euro 2020, but that doesn’t protect them from a potentially tough group.

“Even if we are seeded, we could risk being in a group with France and Portugal, but I am not worried. The nice thing is that we will get to play here at the Stadio Olimpico.”

Euro 2020 starts on June 12 in Rome.

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