When he came he was lauded by many as a saviour, but when he leaves Leeds United he will be dismissed by many for the way that he’s ridden roughshod over the club. This leaving is seen to be impending and in the very near future.
Since bringing Andrea Radrizzani into the club, talk was rife that Radrizzani’s 50% investment was only a staging post on the way to a full takeover of the Whites by the incoming Italian. Conversely, outgoing Italian Massimo Cellino was seen to be casting his money elsewhere – the good money being on a takeover of Serie B side Brescia.
Now this had been a rumour that surfaced back in late 2016, before Andrea Radrizzani was linked to the club in the definite sense that he was buying a share of Leeds United. Brescia themselves took to Twitter and the media to deny that any such circumstance was true.
Now they are denying nothing, instead there are admissions from the Italian club instead. Italian publication Bresciaoggi says that “The selection of Massimo Cellino for Brescia is on the table” and that the incoming Leeds United co-owner will take a 60% control of the club, “through a capital increase of 5 million, taking on the debt with the IRS.”
Fellow Italian publication Bresciaingol.com carried a scan of a newspaper article that supported the above view. This newspaper article carried the headline ‘Cellino tries again – on the plate there is a new offer‘, before going on to state in the preamble paragraph “Friday in Milan, the ex-Cagliari and Leeds [owner]has formalised a new proposal.”
With Cellino having a “new proposal” in front of Brescia’s owners, this is the clearest indication of two things happening at Leeds United. The first is that Massimo Cellino may very well be on his way out of the door at the club, and that fellow Italian and current 50% owner of the Whites could well be fully taking over the reins at Elland Road.
However, before all of this can happen, Brescia owner Marco Bonometti gives a warning that there is no definite deal as of yet, only proposals. He tells Bresciaoggi that all talks must be “postponed until after May 18, Thursday of next week, day of the last race of the season.” Until then, Bonometti says that all the focus will be on the field and Brescia’s attempt to avoid relegation from Serie B.