Rocco B. Commisso has owned the Cosmos since 2017. (FrontRowSoccer.com Photo)
In just a few days, Rocco B. Commisso could be the owner of not one, but two soccer teams.
The Cosmos owner and billionaire reportedly is expected to complete a purchase of A.C.F. Fiorentina in Italy’s Serie A very soon.
The New York Times first reported plans of a $150 million deal Friday. Commisso has been negotiating a deal with the Della Valle family.
Shoemaking tycoons Diego and Andrea Della Valle put the club up for sale for the past year.
ESPN reported that the purchase could be finalized by Monday.
A source confirmed the talks to FrontRowSoccer.com.
Commisso, 69, who has owned the Cosmos since January 2017, saving it from oblivion, came close to buying A.C. Milan last year. His bid, however, was rejected.
In 2002, the Della Valle brothers bought the Italian team when bankruptcy forced Fiorentina to rebrand itself and start again in the country’s fourth tier of soccer. Slowly, but surely, the team moved up the Italian soccer ladder.
The Cosmos are playing in the amateur National Premier Soccer League this spring and summer. In August, they will kick off their participation in the NPSL Founders Cup, a pro soccer league.