Leeds owner makes Man City comparison, with trio of investors in talks

Date published: Monday 14th October 2019 10:13 - Robert McCarthy

Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani has revealed that he is mulling over a trio of investment proposals, one of which is from Nasser al-Khelaifi’s QSI.

The pair are friends, having worked together in the past on deals for football TV rights and speculation of a QSI takeover surfaced over the summer – talk that the Championship club quickly shot down.

Leeds’ owner has made no secret of the fact that he is open to outside investment at Elland Road and has already sold a 10 per cent stake to 49ers Enterprises, the finance entity behind NFL side San Francisco 49ers.

Radrizzani is yet to reveal the identity of the other two offers that are under consideration but told The Times that one is a US-based lifelong Leeds fan and the other owns an Italian football club.

“I have been approached by more than 20 parties and I have selected these three,” Radrizzani revealed.

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“The option of Qatar Sports Investment and Nasser — first of all they are friends, we have had a good relationship for a long time. Secondly, they have the possibility to bring this club to compete with Manchester City, so for the fans that could be a fantastic opportunity.

“The second is based in America, he’s a big fan of Leeds United since he was a child, and I like that.

“Another one is the owner of an Italian club. With another club you can create synergy to be more competitive and to target the Premier League — we could maybe get a loan to increase the quality of the team.”

The chairman and founder of Eleven Sports also admitted that the size of his stake in the club is of secondary importance to returning the club to England’s top flight.

“The most important thing for me is to make this club big again. When I will open the door to others I don’t know, hopefully when we are in the Premier League. The financial support would be more important in the Premier League.

“When it will be done, it doesn’t matter which share [I have], it matters that I can continue my project and also have the support to build this club back again.

“L’appetito vien mangiando, as we say in Italy — appetite comes while you are eating. I don’t need to sell but it is important to listen because I always remember I am a custodian of the club. If it was my own business I would treat it a bit differently.”




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