March 19, 2008

There have been no offers yet from American businessman John Fisher to buy AS Roma, influential sources have confirmed.

Reports have emerged in the Italian press recently that Fisher, an American billionaire businessman, whose family was the founders of Gap and Banana Republic, was ready to buy Roma and write off the $580 million in debts owed by the club's parent company, Italpetroli.

However Unicredito, which owns 49 percent of Italpetroli, stated last night that no offers from Fisher had been forthcoming:

"We have not received any request for information on Roma from any member of the American Gap clothing company."

Meanwhile the Gazzetta dello Sport is today reporting that Fisher's plans for Roma include the development of a new stadium to replace the Stadio Olimpico.

Fisher is 46 years old and has a personal wealth estimated at $2.4 billion. He is the co-owner of both the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer as well as the Oakland A's of Major League Baseball.

Fisher is said to have informally met Roma administrative delegate Rosella Sensi last July, and is interested in buying Roma as he feels there are real global and merchandise possibilities.

Sensi herself has made numerous statements over the past few weeks in which she has declared that the club would never pass out of the hands of the Sensi family.

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