The English Championship club is considering bringing in fresh owners to pave their way to the Premier League.
Leeds United celebrate their 100 years of existence in this week and their owner Andrea Radrizzani has revealed that he has offers from several interested parties to buy out the English Championship side. He further confirmed that Qatari Sports Investment (QSI) is also interested in expanding its reach in Europe after a successful stint in France with PSG.
And if Radrizzani goes with a complete sale or even a part of it, the impact will be a bit sort similar to what Manchester City and Chelsea witnessed after their famous acquisitions. Radrizzani told Sky, “I have been approached by more than 20 parties and I have selected these three.”
“The option of Qatar Sports Investment and Nasser – first of all they are friends, we have had a good relationship for a long time.”
“Secondly, they have the possibility to bring this club to compete with Manchester City, so for the fans that could be a fantastic opportunity.”
He also revealed that not only the QSI, he has offers from all over the world, especially the United States. “The second is based in America, he’s a big fan of Leeds United since he was a child, and I like that.”
“Another one is the owner of an Italian club. With another club you can create synergy to be more competitive and to target the Premier League – we could maybe get a loan to increase the quality of the team.”
Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani is considering three investment proposals, one of which he claims could help the club compete financially with Manchester City. 👀💰
— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) October 14, 2019
The Italian himself came on the Leeds United Owners’ panel in January 2017 and became the majority owner just five months after that when he bought out Massimo Cellino. He has not ruled out the possibility of selling majority stakes as he believes that the outside investment is vital to pave their way into the Premier League.
“The most important thing for me is to make this club big again,” he said. “When I will open the door to others I don’t know, hopefully when we are in the Premier League. The financial support would be more important in the Premier League.”
“When it will be done, it doesn’t matter which share [I have], it matters that I can continue my project and also have the support to build this club back again.”