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REPORT: Kobe Bryant Interested In Buying Italian Soccer Club

Kobe Bryant is fully focused on making a comeback this season and proving to everyone that he can still play at an elite level, at the same time he has been working on making some big moves that will set him up for life after basketball. The Black Mamba launched Kobe Inc. earlier this year, Bryant is looking forward to dominating in the business world.

The LA Times is reporting Bryant’s latest business venture, to become a part-owner of Italian soccer club Bologna FC 1909. Kobe grew up in Italy and played soccer, he has expressed interest in owning a soccer team for quite a while now.

According to La Gazzetta, attorney Joe Tacopina is trying to put together an ownership team featuring the Lakers All-Star guard, along with Montreal Impact (MLS) owner Joey Saputo.

Bologna’s largest shareholder, Albano Guaraldi, is reportedly looking to sell the franchise, which has struggled in recent years.

Bryant became an avid soccer fan when he lived in Italy as a youth while his father Joe “Jellybean” Bryant played basketball overseas. During the 2011 NBA lockout, Bryant negotiated with Virtus Bologna, considering a $3 million offer for 40 days in the Italian League.

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