As first reported by Ansa this morning, Rocco Commisso and right hand man Joe Barone met with Diego and Andrea Della Valle this morning at Tod’s headquarters in Milan to hammer out the details of the Italian-American billionaire’s purchase of Fiorentina. Football Italia adds that the deal could run as high as €200 million, although we’ve also heard from various other outlets that it’ll probably wind up being something closer to €160m.
Should these reports prove true, we can expect Commisso to take over in Florence as early as Thursday, ringing down the curtain on the Della Valle era. He’ll inherit a club on the rocks, one that’s lost its direction and desperately requires an owner who’ll lavish both money and affection on it, neither of which have been forthcoming from DDV of late. Despite some big investments, the Viola haven’t won a trophy in the 17 years since the Tod’s magnates purchased the club, which is a sorry state of affairs for Italy’s 7th-most decorated team.
Before we drink the Commisso Koolaid, though, it’s worth mentioning that not everyone believes his takeover is imminent. We’ve also had recent reports that the Della Valles are on the cusp of accepting an offer from Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the Qatari businessman who’s also president of PSG and chairman of BeIn.
Al-Khelaifi, however, has also been linked to a swoop for Leeds United and is allegedly under investigation for corruption and fraud linked to Qatar’s hosting of the World Athletics Championship, both of which could preclude him from adding Fiorentina to his collection.
What every journalist seems to agree on, though, is that the Della Valle brothers are selling Fiorentina, and that should be enough to cheer up the supporters considerably, no matter who ends up signing on the dotted line. The club will change hands soon and bring an end to this final, painful chapter of Diego and Andrea’s ownership.