For Leeds United fans, as for fans of other clubs of course, the bit of the year between May and August is one of excruciating length to endure. Yet it does have its moments.
Usually, though not exclusively, these moments are scattered around and consist of rumours, transfers out, players released and the odd transfer in to a club. That’s the bread-and-butter of a post-season for any football fan
Leeds United tend not to do ‘normal’, and their fans will readily tell you that. So when news of a potential takeover of the club drops in, then you can excuse Leeds fans for going a little wild.
Except the latest takeover news wasn’t some madcap Italian chain smoker or a group attached to an Arab investment bank. The latest takeover rumour came about after four Financial Times journalists broke news that Leeds United were a club on the radar of Qatari Sports Investment (QSI).
QSI are the investment vehicle of the nation of Qatar, a nation that has built its wealth on the back of natural gas. They have many investments in the sporting world but the most high-profile is that they are the owners of leading French club Paris Saint-Germain. They are the moneymen who brought the likes of Neymar Jr and Kylian Mbappe to PSG.
With Leeds United fans dreaming of riches that their senses could hardly behold, there were linked visions of money rolling in, players being loaned and success being achieved.
Not so says BBC Sports Editor Dan Roan on Twitter. What he has to say in reply to a question from a Leeds United fan pours cold water on the fanning flames of Leeds United fan hopes.
Leeds sources insist that while 6 parties have approached LUFC for potential investment, the QSI story is being exaggerated and AR has no intention to sell at this stage
— Dan Roan (@danroan) June 11, 2019
News that SIX groups have actually approached Leeds Untied to invest is news in itself, quite big news really. However, the biggest news that Roan has is that the QSI interest is being “exaggerated” and that Andrea Radrizzani “has no intention to sell at this stage.”
That goes against reports from France after the QSI news had first broken. French journalists were saying that a recent meeting between representatives from QSI and Andrea Radrizzani were to rubber stamp an initial investment.
Where next for this ‘investment’ from QSI? Who knows, but it will be a story that will likely be revisited during the fallow May-August period.