James Pallotta, the owner of AS Roma, has rebuffed claims that Qatar Sports Investments (QSI), which counts French giants Paris Saint-Germain amongst its portfolio, has made an offer for the Italian club, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.
Corriere dello Sport and L'Équipe have both reported that PSG president Nasser Al Khelaifi and QSI advisors met to discuss the viability of the deal, with a €400 million (US$451 million) bid put forward. However, Pallotta, who has owned the Serie A club since 2012, has dismissed any such offer was made, branding the Corriere report as "fake news" on Twitter.
AS Roma already has ties with the Gulf state after signing a €40 million (US$45 million) partnership with Qatar Airways last year, a deal which runs until 2021.
Any proposed takeover of Roma by QSI is complicated by the need to comply with Uefa's Article 5 Integrity regulations. The article bars teams owned by the same company or group from competing in its continental competitions, such as the Champions League and Europa League.