AS Roma chairman James Pallotta is in the process of trying to selling the Italian club to the Friedkin Group, a consortium led by US billionaire Dan Friedkin.

Over the past couple of days, reports coming out of Italy have talked about Pallotta’s interest in taking over either one of Leeds United and Newcastle United.

The Championship side are currently owned by Andrea Radrizzani, while Mike Ashley is heading the Magpies.

Pallotta is also an American billionaire and even though Roma have not been sold to Friedkin Group, reports suggesting Leeds and the Tyneside club as potential targets haven’t stopped. managed to speak to the Serie A side’s co-owner and asked him about the recent rumours about his interest in taking over Newcastle.

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Responding to that, Pallotta said: “I am interested in Newcastle? This is the usual fake news. They can continue writing if they want, but I have nothing to do with Newcastle.”

Pallotta was only asked about Newcastle and there’s no mention about whether or not he could potentially take over Leeds in the future.

Given the Radrizzani Italian links, and that Pallotta interest in Marcelo Bielsa’s side has been reported in Italy, it’s perhaps a surprise Leeds United weren’t mentioned.