French journalist provides huge update on Leeds investment talks

Oli Fisher

Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser al-Khelaifi will buy into Leeds ‘sooner rather than later’ according to one journalist.

Reports earlier in the week claimed Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani had met with Qatar Sports Investments chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi to discuss selling a stake in the club.

Then L’Equipe produced a report stating that talks over a potential deal between the parties have been ongoing for several months and that this was accelerated once Leeds were beaten by Derby in the play-off semi-finals and their place in the Championship for another season was confirmed.

The French paper stated QSI and Al-Khelaifi are attracted by Leeds for two major reasons: firstly, they believe buying into a Championship club with the potential for promotion would be more lucrative than buying into a current Premier League club, and secondly due to Al-Khelaifi’s friendship with Radrizzani.

Hopes of investment appear to have been boosted by Le Parisien and BT Sport journalist Julien Laurens, who seems to suggest things are moving along well.

The owners of PSG, the Qatar royal family, are very keen on buying Leeds,” Laurens told talkSPORT.

“They know the owner there very well, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who is the PSG chairman and who is very close to the Qatar royal family and he is very good friends with Radrizzani.

“PSG. Just to explain it quickly, there is obviously big competition between the Qatar royal family and the Abu Dhabi royal family, who own Manchester City.

“They have expanded their brand everywhere in the world; in Japan, in Australia, in the U.S and the MLS and in Spain as well.

“And in Qatar, they are thinking, ‘Well, we should be doing the same really’ to expand the brand and get a few clubs. And Leeds would very much be part of that.

“I think they have been in interested in the English market for a long time – they also looked at AS Roma – but it looks like Leeds ticks a lot of the boxes for them.

“I would be very surprised if that takeover doesn’t actually happen. I think it will happen sooner rather than later and they will be invested in Leeds United.”


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