Takeover, part II

Rumours have been whispered for a while now. Carefully, softly, as if not to make too much noise and suffer the risk of having the dream contained in the soap bubble burst abruptly, as it did almost exactly one year ago. But now those same rumours are starting getting published in more reputable media sources, so it would start to feel like hiding something if it isn't covered.

La Repubblica today: a Swiss-German group (not identified, nor is their main business interests divulged) is said it be in more or less advanced talks to take over AS Roma. The sale would be made public at the same time as the new stadium project is presented, within April's date plus a week or two of extended deadline by mayor and insidious populist Alemanno. La Repubblica then suggests documents have been beggun being signed, before noting that as Roma's soared on the borsa in Milano, AS Roma released a public statement denying any such transaction being underway.

As I see this, the rumours of a 'group', only distinguished by their nationality, are delightfully vague enough to be able to avoid immediate ruling out. So from that sense, it loooks like a rumour lacking substance. But then when you consider the sheer amount of talk and attention this has been getting on talk radio and among fans, either a lot of people are being taken for a ride, or they are on to something the club can't share right now, even if it should want to. As always with Roma: more drama to follow.

La Repubblica article
AS Roma's public statement (pdf)

Tv station Sky reports tonight the following information/speculation/whatever:
  • The group is supposedly the Flick family, of the Nuremberg trials fame. More to the point: it's apparently Friedrich Christian Flick, grandson of the convicted Friedrich Flick who's running the show.
  • To begin with a 30% share is mentioned, in other words not instant majority.
  • Corriere dello Sport journalist Guido D'Ubaldo foresees enough invested money to allow Roma to be very active on the transfer market.
  • The next days are decisive.
Absolutely nothing about being owned by a family whose fortunes were amassed largely on the basis of forced slave labour, and a later unwillingness to repent and pay restitutions, sounds even remotely acceptable to me. I genuinely hope it's all rumours out of thin air.

I. Do. Not. Want. This.