Percorso:ANSA.it > News in English > News

Soccer: Libya 'aiming for AS Roma'

Tripoli 'competing with Albanian oilman, investment funds'

10 September, 12:51
Soccer: Libya 'aiming for AS Roma'

(ANSA) - Rome, September 10 - Libya is aiming to extend its reach in Italian soccer by taking over cash-strapped Roman club AS Roma, according to media reports.

The Libyan Investment Authority (LIA), which already has a 7.5% chunk of Juventus, is one of 23 suitors for the Giallorossi, the Rome daily Il Messaggero reported Friday.

Libya once considered bidding for Roma's city rivals Lazio while Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's soccer-playing son Al-Saadi Gaddafi sat on the Juve board and played for Perugia and Udinese.

The LIA already has a 6.7% stake in Unicredit, Roma's biggest creditor, while Libya has extensive business and commercial links with Italy.

Another bidder, Il Messaggero said, is Albanian oil tycoon Rezart Taci, who last year said he was prepared to buy AC Milan amid rumours Italian Premier and media magnate Silvio Berlusconi was thinking of selling it.

Taci also once made a bid for Bologna but pulled out at the last minute.

Il Messaggero reported that the chairman of Genoa, toy king Enrico Preziosi, was also in the running but Preziosi's entourage denied the report.

Several Roman businessmen as well as US and Arab investment funds were cited among the 23.

Roma shares rose another 4% Friday morning after gaining 5% Thursday.

The Sensi family, which controls Roma, sold most of its assets last month to wipe out debts of 325 million euros held by Unicredit, Italy's biggest bank.

This created an ad hoc company, 51% controlled by the Sensis' Italpetroli company and 49% by Unicredit, which is the vehicle for the sale.

Roma has been hampered on the transfer market in recent years by its inability to match other clubs' big buys.

But it has still run Inter Milan close in most of Inter's five straight scudetto-winning seasons.

Rosella Sensi may stay on as chairman even after the ownership changes hands, depending on the buyer.

Top News

    • 13:09
    • 09 apr
    • ROMA

    Fecondazione eterologa, cade il divieto

    La Corte Costituzionale lo hanno dichiarato illegittimo
    • 12:09
    • 09 apr
    • MILANO

    Intesa paga 294 mln 'tassa Bankitalia'

    Segue Unicredit (196), ma su parametri patrimoniali impatto soft
    • 11:40
    • 09 apr
    • VATICANO

    Papa: tacciano le armi in Siria

    Dolore per assassinio gesuita Van der Lugt e per vittime guerra
    • 10:43
    • 09 apr
    • MILANO

    Garlasco: mamma Rita, ho ancora fiducia

    E' cominciato il processo d'appello bis, Stasi è in aula
    • 09:03
    • 09 apr
    • MILANO

    Borsa: Milano apre in rialzo, +0,24%

    Identico aumento per l'indice Ftse All share
    • 09:00
    • 09 apr
    • ROMA

    Immigrazione: Alfano,un morto su barcone

    Continuano sbarchi, 4.000 migranti soccorsi in ultime 48 ore
    • 07:01
    • 09 apr
    • ROMA

    Mafia, colpo a cosche in E-R

    Operazione cc regione e Crotone,13 ordinanze,sequestro da 13 mln
    • 06:36
    • 09 apr
    • ISLAMABAD

    Pakistan:bomba a mercato,almeno 15 morti

    Ordigno ad alto potenziale in zona controllata forze sicurezza
    • 01:05
    • 09 apr
    • ROMA

    Immigrazione: Alfano, è allarme sbarchi

    Non bastano 80 mln Ue per Frontex. Def grazie a nostra azione
    • 00:23
    • 09 apr
    • NEW YORK

    Australia e Svezia, paradisi per giovani

    Secondo studio Usa. Italia fuori da classifica prime 30 nazioni