Soccer: probe opened into AS Roma talks with Saudi royal
Rome prosecutors ask bourse authority to watch share movements25 February, 15:07
Prosecutors asked Milan bourse regulator Consob to report on "anomalous" movements in Roma shares. Roma's share prices shot up 9.7% Friday.
Rome are reportedly aiming to get Sheik Adnan Adel Aref al Qaddumi al Shtewi to take up a big stake in the three-time Italian champions by the end of next month.
On Thursday the club issued a statement saying it had reached a preliminary deal for the Saudi royal to join its ownership group.
Roma chairman James Pallotta is studying ways for the sheik to take up a stake via two capital increases of 50 million euros each, according to media reports.
Pallotta is part of a Boston consortium that made Roma Serie A's first foreign-controlled club in 2011.
The American owners have big plans and want to build a new stadium for Roma.
photo: Roma skipper Francesco Totti