Roma sale set to be completed

American businessman Thomas Di Benedetto – a partner in New England Sports Ventures – has agreed a deal to complete the purchase of Roma.

Di Benedetto is to assume control of the club from the Sensi family.

Details of the proposed buy-out initially emerged on Monday, with the sale having now been agreed between Di Benedetto and the club’s holding company, Italpetroli.

An official statement released by Roma and Di Benedetto said: "Italpetroli S.p.a., UniCredit S.p.a. and Di Benedetto AS Roma LLC announce that negotiations in Rome over the past few days have reached a basic agreement to buy up control of AS Roma S.p.a.

"Based on this agreement, the buy-out should be completed by a company made up of 60% Di Benedetto AS Roma LLC and 40% UniCredit S.p.a.

"There is also an option for UniCredit to sell their shares to other strategic Italian investors.

"Over the next few days we will proceed to write out the definitive versions of the agreements reached today, which also include commitments for the reinforcement and future development of AS Roma."

Should the deal go through as planned, Roma will become the first Italian club to be under foreign ownership.