“Holding Max Srl, the investment vehicle of the Ferrero family, has signed a letter of intent with the consortium CalcioInvest, LLC (led by Gianluca Vialli, James Dinan and Alex Knaster) in relation to the purchase of UC Sampdoria SpA,” read a statement issued to ANSA.
A takeover is unlikely to be completed before the on September 2, likely limiting Samp’s transfer activity ahead of the window’s final week.
Ferrero had been determined to sell the club this summer, but talks dragged on into the new season after refused to do a deal for less than 100m euros.
Ferrero’s five years in charge have been tumultuous. He was investigated for embezzlement in July 2017 and had 1.2m euros of assets seized by police in November 2018 after money from the sale of Pedro Obiang to West Ham disappeared.
Vialli played for Sampdoria in the club’s golden era, signing in 1984 and quickly striking a partnership with Roberto Mancini.
The Italian scored 19 goals as Samp won their first ever Scudetto in 1990-91 and scored in the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup final victory in 1990.
Sampdoria won the Italian Cup in 1985, 1988 and 1989 with Vialli leading the forward line, but fell at the final hurdle in the Champions League Final in 1992, losing 1-0 to Barcelona at Wembley.
The Cremona-born striker also lifted the Supercoppa Italiana in 1991 after defeating Roma 1-0 in the final at Stadio Luigi Ferraris.
Vialli plundered goals in 141 league goals eight years at Blucerchiati before eventually moving on to Juventus in 1992 for a world record fee.