Leeds chief Radrizzani sends trusted general to Italy with specific aim

Date published: Sunday 24th October 2021 8:01 - Matthew Briggs

Andrea Radrizzani celebrates with Leeds United colleagues, July 2020

Andrea Radrizzani has sent one of his board members to Italy to investigate a potentially deal to buy a struggling club with Leeds tipped to become part of a growing network of clubs.

The owner of the West Yorkshire side is interested in a takeover of Serie C side Palermo, according to a report. The struggling Sicilian outfit, who were relegated from Serie A in 2016/17, are in dire financial straits.

And according to MediaGol, Radrizzani has sent “close collaborator” Sandro Mencucci to try and broker a deal.

Mencucci has been in Sicily to meet with Palermo president Dario Mirri to talk over a potential deal for the ailing side.

Italian businessman Mencucci is well respected by Radrizzani. And Mencucci has been given the job of investigating how viable a deal is for the club, who have produced the likes of Edinson Cavani and Paulo Dybala.

Per the source, via Sport Witness, Radrizzani has been more than keen to buy an Italian side and tried to buy Bari in 2018. However, more recently Radrizzani tried to purchase Serie A new boys Salernitana.

Salerno newspaper Le Cronach put a picture of Radrizzani on the front page of one of its June editions, with a report claiming the Whites chief was keen on a deal for the club.

Radrizzani though did not pursue a deal. However, the Leeds chief met with Mirri and held talks in February about a deal for the struggling club.

Speaking in the summer of 2020, Radrizzani said: “I evaluated the Palermo opportunity with interest. But this summer times were tight. At the moment, however, I want to go to the Premier League with Leeds and I only think about this.”

Now the Leeds chief is showing “particular attention” to Palermo once again.

Radrizzani is now looking to help out his friend Mirri with a sale of the Sicilian club almost inevitable.


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Raphinha injury

Meanwhile, Leeds will have to wait on the extent of the injury sustained to Raphinha on Saturday.

Raphinha was forced off after a poor challenge by Wolves’ Romain Saiss in the 56th minute of the 1-1 Elland Road draw.

Raphinha was assisted as he went down the tunnel and looked to be in significant pain. Saiss caught the forward’s trailing leg as he slid in and was lucky to escape with a yellow card.

Marcelo Bielsa, speaking about Raphinha’s injury, said: “He received a knock. And we don’t know the extent of the injury yet.”

READ MORE: Bielsa urged to get Leeds back-up for star falling into same trap as Liverpool man

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