BERGAMO. The rumors are chasing each other, the fans dream of the landing of the Americans, meanwhile the US KKR fund pulls itself out of the affair. In the center, Atalanta, the latest in a series of teams (from Rome to Genoa, passing through Spezia and Spal) that ended up in the crosshairs of the stars and stripes business. A sign that Italian football is tempting to the US. KKR (Kohlberg Kravis Roberts), however, denied the rumors for the transfer of the Bergamo club to American hands. “Never taken into consideration” says the US fund already interested in the acquisition of the giant of the telephone companies TIM and perhaps in business with the Percassi Group.
At the moment, therefore, no sale of 85 percent (we were talking about 70-75%) of the share package for 350 million by the current owner, which always adopts a low profile in line with the rest of the communication that protects with privacy the positive covid players and the extent of the injury of the illustrious long-term resident Duvan Zapata. In this transaction with buyers from overseas, Antonio Percassi would have remained president, his son Luca, CEO or the American CEO, Chief Executive Officer.
Waiting for news, the fans were making noise on the net, among whom there is still a bad mood for the winter sale of Gosens to Inter. Opposite reactions, between those who already dreamed of a new local Paris Saint-Germain from loose purse strings and those who can’t stand the idea of the team’s failure to identify with the territory, the fall of the myth of the provincial queen in native hands, an Athletic Bilbao in the Italian style. And so on the latest official Instagram post, which celebrates Thursday night’s Europa League victory with Olympiacos, you can find a “KKR make good purchases”, followed by “we want Neymar in Bergamo”, and a few minutes later there ‘invitation to return with your feet on the ground: «The Americans have invested in Rome, Florence, Spezia, Genoa and Bologna, but without fainting on the market, indeed often selling the big boys without replacing them. Percassi is close to the square and in addition to the budgets he thinks about the good of the team ». Atalanta and the American dream, the fans hope.