Now that they are back in England’s top flight, it is rumored that the Yorkshire outfit may soon become owner
Well supported and with a historic pedigree in English football, the club are an increasingly attractive prospect for potential investors, especially now that they are back in the Premier League.
Indeed, there have been rumors that the Whites will soon have new owners, but who exactly is supposed to be interested?
Who buys Leeds United?
A number of parties are said to be interested in buying Leeds United, but 49ers companies, who already owns 10 percent of the club, would be the first.
The company, which owns the San Francisco 49ers of the NFL, edged out owners of Paris Saint-Germain Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) according to 90 min.
Leeds’ status as a team that could potentially fight for Champions League and Europa League qualification – which is the ambition of the club’s hierarchy – has increased the club’s stock.
In May 2019, a QSI spokesperson told the Financial Times that the UK “definitely tops the list” in terms of new avenues for investment.
However, while informal talks have reportedly taken place, no firm offer has yet been made to buy the club.
Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani, who is a friend of PSG owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi, revealed in October 2019 that he had more than 20 bids to buy the club, but narrowed it down to three possibilities, including QSI, although 49ers Enterprises was not specifically mentioned. .
He said The temperature: “Qatar Sports Investment and Nasser’s option – above all, they are friends, we have had a good relationship for a long time.
“Secondly, they have the opportunity to get this club to compete with Manchester City, so for the fans it could be a fantastic opportunity.
” The second [option] is based in America, he’s been a huge Leeds United fan since he was a kid, and I love that.
“Another is the owner of an Italian club. With another club you can synergize to be more competitive and target the Premier League – maybe we could get a loan to improve the quality of the squad. “
Who currently owns Leeds United?
Italian businessman Andrea Radrizzani is the current owner of Leeds United. He bought the club in 2017 from compatriot Massimo Cellino for a total of £ 45million ($ 57million).
Despite the fact that there has been interest in the club, Radrizzani insists he doesn’t have much interest in selling and says he would like to stay involved if he sells.
« Appetite comes with eating, as they say in Italy – the appetite comes while you eat, ”Radrizzani said in a 2019 interview with The temperature.
“I don’t need to sell but it’s important to listen because I always remember that I am the goalkeeper of the club. If it was my own business, I would treat it a little differently. ”
After his promotion to the Premier League, he even hinted that he could stay at the helm for 20 years.
Besides Radrizzani, a 10% stake in Leeds is held by the owners of the San Francisco 49ers, with 49ers chairman Paraag Marathe on the board.
It has been speculated that, rather than being bought out by QSI, Leeds could benefit from more financial involvement from the 49ers.
What transfers could potential new Leeds United owners consider?
Promotion to the Premier League will in itself bring greater financial power to Leeds, but a takeover by wealthy owners would be an even bigger boost.
However, while there is clearly a need for the club to grow stronger in order to compete in and stay in the top division, it is not expected that there will be a frenzy of extravagant spending.
Edinson Cavani was touted as a potential new signing, with Radrizzani believing the former PSG striker, available on a free transfer, could adapt to play at Elland Road.
It has been suggested that the club may look to expand Ben Whiteremains at the club after the center-back impressed in the league last season but he is due to return to Brighton.
White is highly regarded by a number of top Premier League clubs and has had strong ties with Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City.
According to Sports TyC, Bielsa wants to bring five Argentinian players, including Manchester United Sergio Romero and Tottenham defender Juan Foyth.
Other reported targets are the River Plate Defender Lucas Martinez Wednesday, Stuttgart midfielder Nicolas Gonzalez and Velez prospect Thiago Almada.
Will Marcelo Bielsa stay if Leeds has new owners?
Bielsa is out of contract after winning the league title but is expected to sign a new deal with Leeds to stay at Elland Road.
It is not clear if he would stay at Leeds if the club were taken over by new owners, but some commentators have speculated that a departure is possible.
Any takeover can produce upheaval, with new owners often keen to imprint their own ideas on the club and this can lead to friction between the new faces and those associated with the last regime.
The reason the suggestions for Argentina’s departure have arisen is because of how stubbornly he can be particular when it comes to realizing his vision. Indeed, he has a track record.
Bielsa sadly left Lazio just days after becoming their coach for what he felt was a failure of the club to bring the players he needed to the club “in a timely manner”.
Leeds general manager Angus Kinnear believes Bielsa has ‘fallen in love’ with the Yorkshire club and is committed, but noted the difficulty associated with Bielsa’s special personality
“The challenge with Marcelo is that the intentions are always a bit of a mystery as he’s always focused on the next game,” Kinnear said after the club’s promotion to the Premier League.
“You are a brave man to try to distract him from the task of the next game. “