Rocco B. Commisso could wind up owning two soccer clubs. (FrontRowSoccer.com Photo)
Rocco B. Commisso’s bid to purchase ACF Fiorentina could come to fruition as early as this week.
The Italian Serie A club has called an extraordinary board meeting for Friday, the team said in a one-sentence statement on its website Monday. There was no other information available.
The Cosmos owner and chairman of Mediacom is interesting in purchasing Fiorentina from the Della Valle family and reportedly has offered $150 million for the club.
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.