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Bain Said to Make Bid for Stake in Top Italy Soccer League

  • Buyout firm expresses interest in 25% stake in Serie A league
  • Bain’s 3 billion-euro bid would top offer from rival firm CVC
Juventus’ Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo scores a header during the Italian Serie A football match Sampdoria vs Juventus on December 18, 2019.
Juventus’ Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo scores a header during the Italian Serie A football match Sampdoria vs Juventus on December 18, 2019.Photographer: Marco Bertorello/AFP via Getty Images
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Bain Capital has made a 3 billion-euro ($3.4 billion) preliminary offer for a stake in Italy’s top soccer league, according to people familiar with the matter, putting it into competition with rival private equity firm CVC Capital Partners.

The Boston-based firm has expressed interest in buying about 25% of Serie A, home to players including Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the people said, asking not to be identified as the matter is private.