Things are looking rosy at Elland Road at the moment. Marcelo Bielsa has the Whites purring and playing excellent football which is a joy to watch. It is football that has sent the West Yorkshire side to the top of the Sky Bet Championship.
Amidst all the encouraging signs and blossoming football, one thing seems determined to not go way – takeover rumours. These resurfaced again late last night with the Daily Star saying that a £10million investment is being readied immediately with views to a full, £120million takeover to be completed upon promotion to the Premier League.
The Daily Star’s Harry Pratt says that United are “on the brink of £120m takeover” with QSI, the owners of French giants Paris Saint-Germain expected “to move in at [the] Championship leaders.” He further adds that QSI is “set to pay £10m for a stake in the club now” and that the balance of the £120million deal will be concluded, “with a full purchase to follow if they are promoted at the end of the season.”
It was something that we wrote about earlier here on The72 and it is something that has also been picked up and run with by the Star’s fellow red-top publication The Mirror. With the Whites riding high, with the football being good and with early signs of promotion looking good, the news that a mega-money takeover is also in the mix adds to the buzz around Elland Road.
Yet, according to The Athletic’s Phil Hay, formerly chief football writer at the Yorkshire Evening Post, not all is as it seems with this takeover story. Replying to a question from a Leeds United fan on the veracity of last night’s Star story, Hay tweeted this reply:
been in touch with people at the QSI end. They say no change.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) December 8, 2019
Hay is well respected amongst Leeds United fans for his views and opinions. This, however, goes beyond view and opinion as it is word from the horse’s mouth so-to-speak. As it stands, the Daily Star story and subsequent rumours of the Whites being “on the brink” of a big takeover backed by Arab money are wide of the mark indeed.