Leeds and Newcastle named as takeover targets for Roma owner James Pallotta

James Pallotta is currently in the process of trying to sell AS Roma to an American led consortium and, provided the sale goes through, he is reportedly looking to buy an English club next.

US billionaire Dan Friedkin is behind the Friedkin Group consortium which has been in talks with Pallotta over the purchase of Roma for a number of months.

The deal is believed to be close, according to the Italian media, and Pallotta is said to be keen to remain involved in football once the sale goes through.

Italian newspaper La Repubblica reported in December that the billionaire was interested in buying a Premier League club and the sale of Roma would pave the way for that to become a reality.

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Both Newcastle United and current Premier League promotion chasers Leeds United have been mooted as potential options for the 61-year-old, with a report from Italian news agency Adnkronos claiming he has ‘asked for information’ about buying Newcastle.

Il Secolo XIX have also mentioned Leeds as an option for Pallotta, with Franco Baldini reportedly being used as a consultant.

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Whether the two clubs have simply been linked because of the constant takeover speculation surrounding them, with Mike Ashley officially putting Newcastle up for sale and Leeds linked with a sale to PSG owners QSI, or there actually is some concrete interest remains to be seen.

Ashley’s £300m to £400m asking price has been something of a sticking point during previous negotiations about the club’s sale and could prove to be the case once again.

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The situation with Leeds would once again hinge on how this season’s campaign ends.

Marcelo Bielsa’s men are currently sitting second in the Championship and will be hoping to finally secure promotion back to the top flight after 16 years in the second division.

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