Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani and his partner Matteo Manfredi have now released a statement about their interest in taking over Sampdoria, amidst increasing doubts about their takeover despite reports suggesting previously that it is set to go through.
Secolo XIX state that an agreement has been reached with the Samp board and the buying party, but an agreement has not been reached with club owner Massimo Ferrero. Through the press release, they have updated Samp fans about the situation.
It says: “The agreement that we have defined with the Sampdoria board of directors provides for an exclusive deal and was also reached thanks to the close collaboration with various minority shareholders. This demonstrates a broad consensus regarding the proposed proposal. It is important to underline how the capital necessary to conclude the operation is already available, despite some contrary statements expressed in this regard.”
The statement further states: “Our commitment is to ensure the financial stability of the club and in particular to protect the interests of creditors with an eye to those of small size. This offer represents an important departure from the previous ownership and certifies a clear desire to preserve the coat of arms and tradition of a historic club such as Sampdoria. Our plan, which envisages serious and sustainable long-term growth, is already being drawn up and we are setting up our work by planning investments such as to allow the club to return to the levels of excellence it deserves, but time – and this we must necessarily point that out – it’s really very limited.”
QSI’s investments are also involved in the takeover, with a spokesperson from the investor already having confirmed their interest in the Genoa-based club. The statement also confirmed support from QSI:
“Finally, the already explicit presence of Qatar Sports Investments alongside Gestio Capital and Aser Group confirms the support of reliable, competent and extraordinarily solid partners”.
Samp have already been relegated from the Serie A and will compete in Serie B. The club’s players have not been paid wages for a while now and if that isn’t paid at the right time, Samp could face a points deduction for their return to Serie B, unless Radrizzani and Manfredi complete the takeover.
Kaustubh Pandey | GIFN