Off season is usually boring for fans of all clubs. The run-o-the-mill football is through and fans are itching to see just what their club will do as they ready themselves for next season. Leeds United fans are no different.
It was a mixed season of largely ups pricked through with minor downs as a sparkling opening half of the season petered out into minor dejection as results slipped and that feted automatic promotion place slipped away.
As it was, the Whites had to settle for 3rd place, a massive improvement on 13th the season before. It was as far as they went, beaten 4-3 on aggregate again Derby County in the Championship Play-Off semi final tie.
However, the following news has just broken, and it will make the next couple of days just that little bit more interesting for Leeds United fans.
Qatar in talks to buy stake in Leeds United https://t.co/2YcChqSg1L
— Financial Times (@FT) May 25, 2019
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.”
It is news that has begun to send growing ripples across social media such as Twitter and Facebook. This is not interest on the same level that brought GFH Capital to the Elland Road boardroom, it is interest way beyond that. QSI have built Paris Saint-Germain into a footballing tour de force.
Whites fans are already flocking to Twitter to have their say on this matter. Here’s what some of them are saying.
News breaks of Qatari interest in Leeds United – Whites fans comment and react
redeemed a financial takeover for leeds on career mode then come on twitter to see PSG owners want to buy majority stake in the club, might have to try some other things #lufc
— seeley (@SeeIey) May 25, 2019
Honestly still think Qatar is on. Radz is either trying to push price up or keep it quiet. Financial Times made this story and they’re legit. #lufc
— BC (@BC_LUFC) May 25, 2019
— Gary Keast (@garykeast70) May 25, 2019
Why cant we just have a normal summer and buy all our players in the first week or so with no TOMA shit then we can all just relax #lufc
— Jamie martin (@JamieJsm82) May 25, 2019
— James Hirst (@Jamesghirst) May 25, 2019
Perhaps we’ll be able to pay loan fees in one hit rather than miss out on targets because we try to pay by instalments…
— Shaun Cunstis (@shauncunstis) May 25, 2019
It is definitely going to be an interesting next couple of days with this story on the burner. With how it is gathering pace, the burner will be fully lit and flaring come the morning.