The City Football Group’s purchase of Palermo has not yet been officially announced, but the news has been widely reported in the Italian media. According to Sky Sport Italia, Palermo patron Dario Mirri met with representatives from City Group in Milan on Tuesday.
Following the bankruptcy of U.S Città di Palermo in 2019, the club was forced to restart in Serie D, winning promotion to Serie C in their first season and changing their name to Palermo Football Club in July 2020. They also adopted a modernized club crest in 2019, though there may be more changes in that department soon, as City Football Group prefers rounded badges.
Another possible change is that Puma will become the technical sponsor, as has been the case with many other clubs purchased by City Group. From 2012 to 2014, Puma produced Palermo’s kits. However, given the team’s long history and fervent fanbase, switching from pink and black to the City Group’s sky blue appears unlikely.
The Sicilian club will be the Emirati group’s first acquisition in Italy. After a difficult few years, fans will be hoping that the stability and investment that comes with having such owners will help them secure a quick return to Serie A and future success.
Rox and Ken discuss the purchase and whether or not its good for the game as a whole.
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