Kobe Bryant to Italy Rumors: Virtus Bologna Offers $2 Million for a Single Game
The Kobe Bryant to Italy rumors just won't go away.
After several offers were reportedly exchanged between Bryant and Claudio Sabatini, the owner of Virtus Bologna, it seemed as if the scenario of Bryant playing professionally in Italy wouldn't come to fruition.
Now, there is a report that suggests otherwise.
Kobe Bryant, as reported by Il Resto del Carlino, is close to accepting the single game proposal made by Claudio Sabatini, owner of Virtus Bologna. The two parts are negotiating intensively in the last hour and a solution for the saga seems close to end. Kobe Bryant would land in Italy for four days and play one game in the ‘Kobe Night’. According to Sabatini there are already sponsors and networks ready to cover the event.
Some of those details are what we had heard previously, but the last time we got wind of a one-game offer from Bryant, it was worth a rumored $1 million, so the latest offer has that figure doubled.
While the opportunity would represent a great chance for Bryant to increase his global brand and the appeal is clear considering that he spent a fair portion of his childhood in Italy, it's tough to believe that anything is imminent after the unbelievable amount of chatter that has ensued.
Sabatini would have probably done both himself and his team a favor by keeping his mouth shut before a deal was reached, and he's still talking despite Bryant not having pun to paper at this time.
There's no doubt that Bryant could play in Italy for a single game, he's a basketball player.
But for Sabatini to call the negotiations close after having used that word so many times previously without a deal being constructed?
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