Would-be Leeds United owner drops big takeover hint

Date published: Wednesday 16th November 2016 2:01

Massimo Cellino: Closing in on Leeds sale

Andrea Radrizzani, linked with a potential takeover of Leeds United, has teased fans of the club on Twitter with a cryptic hint.

Radrizzani is one of three founding members of the international sports agency firm MP & Silva, who specialise in the distribution of media right.

He has been seen at several Leeds games recently, and his purchase of the club would not come as a huge shock to those who have been following the Cellino saga closely.

The prospective owner posted a tweet on Wednesday morning hinting that the takeover process was ongoing:

“One step closer…but need more time” the tweet said.

Italian publication Calciomercato.com also understands that Cellino is drawing closer to becoming a major shareholder at Serie B Brescia – details of which first emerged at the back end of last week.

The club are owned by Marco Bonometti and UBI Bank, who are a principal sponsor of the club and major creditor to the team from Lombardy.

Cellino has reportedly been locked in talks with the club and it’s reported in Italy that an agreement is imminent, which in turn will lead to confirmation that his sale of the Yorkshiremen to Radrizzani has also been agreed.

Leeds have seen an upturn in fortunes this season, something analysed by our writer Mark Scott below:

An emphatic run of 22 points from a possible 30 on offer has seen the Whites propelled into the play-off spots for the first time in three years, sealing a place in the League Cup quarter-finals – the first time they’d reached the last eight in 20 years – along the way, too.

The club have won 11 of their last 16 games and while two incredibly gutsy recent wins against Norwich in the Championship and League Cup have shown the growing strength in Leeds’ character, the next month will act as the best indicator of just what can be achieved this season.

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