- Associated Press - Friday, April 15, 2011

ROME (AP) - A group of American investors led by Boston executive Thomas DiBenedetto is expected to sign a deal Friday to buy three-time Italian champion Roma.

DiBenedetto’s group is reportedly prepared to pay $110 million for a 60 percent share of the Serie A club.

The deal would make the four-man American group the first foreign majority owners of a Serie A club.

Unicredit, which last year became co-owner of Roma following a debt-for-equity swap with the Sensi family, will retain 40 percent of the club but then sell part of its share to “strategic Italian investors.”

The press office for Unicredit bank says that chief operating officer Paolo Fiorentino and the head of corporate investment banking for Italy, Piergiorgio Peluso, will be on hand for the final negotiations in Boston.

DiBenedetto is one of approximately 13 limited partners in the Boston Red Sox ownership group. The other members of the group planning to buy Roma are Boston Celtics minority owner James Pallotta, Michael Ruane and Richard D’Amore.

Roma has had a tumultuous season, with Vincenzo Montella replacing Claudio Ranieri as coach in February. The team is sixth in Serie A, 15 points behind leader AC Milan.

The squad’s main goal is to finish fourth and qualify for next season’s Champions League. City rival Lazio is currently fourth, four points in front of Roma with six matches remaining.

Roma last won the Serie A in 2001.