An Italian newspaper on Friday claimed HdP SpA was close to agreeing a deal to sell fashion house Valentino to Marzotto SpA. Il Sole 24 Ore claimed Marzotto will pay about 250 million euros for Valentino, which was bought by HdP in 1998 for 270 million euros. The paper said an announcement on a possible deal could come as early as Friday but added that both parties denied there had been any developments regarding the sale.