Leeds United fans have been taken aback a little with news from Andrea Radrizzani that the Whites will negotiate a rocky transfer window this summer. However. This news from the Financial Times might cheer them a little.
The above article says that “according to people with direct knowledge” the nation of Qatar, through a state-backed group, are in negotiations with Radrizzani over a deal to invest in the West Yorkshire club.
Qatari Sports Investments (QSI), which also controls world football giants Paris Saint-Germain, “has been in talks over a deal with Leeds United and its owner Andrea Radrizzani” in recent months say the Financial Times as per their quoted sources.
Qatar, through its QSI vehicle, is looking towards “as much as a controlling stake in Leeds United” and, in doing so, would have an entry into English football.
The Financial Times adds that someone with intimate knowledge of the negotiations says that “Qatar Sports Investments will be entering English Football and Leeds is the club of their choice.”
QSI are not the only ones said to be negotiating with Leeds United over potential investment with the Financial Times saying that there’s “at least six different potential investors” looking at possibly buying in to the club.
There has been no official comment from Leeds United on this matter, with Andrea Radrizzani declining to comment. However, the growing furore has prompted local journalist Phil Hay to ask questions.
Been up in Glasgow all day but have asked about this tonight. Interest from Qatar is real but message from Leeds end is that Radrizzani won’t be selling another stake at this stage:https://t.co/KfZ5ZgoSF4
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) May 25, 2019
As with anything ‘Leeds’, expect this story to be one that is seized on later as news of it becomes more widespread. Tomorrow’s social media activity will be interesting, very interesting indeed.