Sampdoria President Massimo Ferrero is set to meet Gianluca Vialli and his group of investors for a takeover, so he can then bid for bankrupt Palermo.
Ferrero confessed that he is trying to sell the club and already planning his next move, which will be helping Palermo get back into Serie A after their failure to register for the Serie B season.
It means the Sicilians will have to start again from Serie D with no assets, a similar situation to Parma in 2015 and Bari last year.
According to Genoa-based television station Primocanale, Ferrero will meet Sampdoria icon Vialli and his group of investors (Jamie Dinan, Alex Knaster and Fausto Zanetton) in London on Thursday for negotiations.
It’s believed the last offer that he rejected was €45m plus €20-25m in various add-ons, but that has been increased by €10-20m.
There are even suggestions the new investors include Enrico Mantovani, former President of Sampdoria.
Once the sale of Samp has gone through, Ferrero can turn to purchasing Palermo at auction.