Luciano Mondellini, a journalist from Mf-Milano Finanza spoke today about the Qatari fund possible interest in joining Roma or Milan.
Reportedly, the Qatar investment fund is targeting the Italian Serie A and the may decide to make an investment in the football of the Bel Paese. This is what the expert Italian journalist said through Mf-Milano Finanza and also talking to the radio broadcaster Centro Suono Sport.
According to Mondellini, “the main goal of this initial evaluation is the club of the Italian capital. First of all, because the Qatari fund prefers to invest in capital cities and this has already happened in Paris with PSG.”
Qatar has recently purchased 49% of Air Italy, a privately owned Italian airline, and this deal could be seen as a way to enter Italy.
“They did a similar operation in Paris where they have very strong commercial interests. Football is an incredible vehicle of promotion and power,” explained Mondellini. “My information comes from a very reliable source. Beyond the Champions League and the stadium variable, Roma have a great heritage in their youngsters and fans. It is a club that has an important evaluation, but it is difficult to establish its absolute value, also because Pallotta can ask any amount.”
Luciano Mondellini also believes the approval for the new Roma stadium could be important but not decisive. “It is important [the new stadium] because a new home represents a fundamental asset. In this eventual transaction, it could have an important weight. But my feeling is that the Qatari fund is considering Roma regardless of the stadium. They have incredible liquidity…just look at what happened in Paris in recent years,” concluded Luciano Mondellini from Mf-Milano Finanza.