It’s on the market because its famous owner is disillusioned with members of the public and photographers hanging around outside.
But that’s unlikely to end when it sells because the likely news owners also have star billing.
David and Victoria Beckham are said to be in negotiations to buy George Clooney’s Italian villa home on the shore of Lake Como.
It is ideal for the footballer, who has been living in a hotel since joining AC Milan on loan in December.
The 30-room Villa Oleandra is just 39 miles from Milan – and Beckham is already well acquainted with it having stayed there with his wife as Clooney’s guests last year.
Yesterday the Italian media reported that Beckham, 34, had told friends: ‘I have fallen in love with the beautiful countryside. It’s peaceful, quiet and near Milan. It would be great for the family.’
The Beckhams’ friendship with Clooney has made them favourites to get the villa, which is on the market for £20million.
Negotiations are said to be at an ‘advanced stage’.
But they face competition from Russian vodka tycoon Tariko Roustam, 47. His empire is said to be worth £712million and he has apparently offered £30million.
Clooney, 48, bought the villa in the town of Laglio for £10million in 2002.
Last night, mayor Roberto Pozzi, said: ‘It would be a shame if George went. He has become one of the locals.
‘If George does leave I hope the Beckhams buy the place as it will keep a touch of glamour in Laglio.’
The Beckhams already own a £14million house in Beverly Hills, where Mrs Beckham, 35, and their three children have lived during his loan from LA Galaxy.
They also own ‘Beckingham Palace’ in Hertfordshire and a home in France.
Billionaire Tarilo Roustam, who is making a counter-bid, is among the most successful businessmen in Russia and launched the country’s top selling Russian Standard vodka label in 1998.
He also expanded into selling Italian chocolates in Russia and as a result his empire sis said to be worth $1.1 billion making him the world’s 647th richest man, according to Forbes.
It said that two Milan based lawyers representing him had been involved in talks with Swiss based firm Alessandro Proto Consulting who are dealing with the sale on behalf of Clooney.
Mr Proto, who is based in Chiasso, Switzerland, said:’We are not in charge of the actual sale but of finding suitable clients, the sale will be handled by an American real estate company.’
Property prices around Laglio have shot up since Clooney bought the villa at Laglio on Lake Como and which has it’s own private jetty into the water, swimming pool, gym, tennis courts and beautifully manicured gardens.
Before he arrived properties around Laglio, which is also close to the homes of Donatella Versace and Jose Mourinho, were selling at 1000 Euro per square metre and now they have rocketed to 10,000 Euro.
Today Laglio’s mayor Roberto Pozzi said: ‘It would be a shame if George went because he has become one of the locals and we have grown fond of him. Everyone has seen him when he comes over and he is always friendly
‘I know the Beckhams stayed at the villa last spring but I never saw them – if George does leave then I hope the Beckhams do but the place as it will keep a touch of glamour in Laglio.’
Beckham, who is beck at AC Milan until the summer, is living in suite at a luxury Milan hotel and today his spokesperson Simon Oliveira was unavailable to comment on the report.
Meanwhile another Italian newspaper reported that Clooney is set to buy himself an island.
The actor is said to have fallen in love with Loreto Island, Pisogne town, near Como, after he visited the area last year with girlfriend Elisabetta.
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