By Dan Plumley

21st Jan, 2023 | 10:10am

Finance Expert: Never say never to new Leeds United takeover as QSI links emerge

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Dan Plumley has insisted that the 49ers will be less concerned than most to see QSI linked with Leeds United investment once again in January.

The finance expert admitted there may be some twitchiness behind the scenes, but it looks quite nailed on for the Americans to complete their takeover at Elland Road.

QSI have since shut down links completely, but Plumley admitted that he could never say never to someone else coming in with a bigger offer for the Whites to consider.

“I’m not so sure because I think that everything we have seen from this deal, it’s so lined up for this to happen,” he exclusively told MOT Leeds News.

“It’s been happening as a gradual process over time, and the relationship has developed, and everything coming out of the club is that it’s lined up for this takeover to the point where you’d be surprised to see anyone else come into the mix anyway.

“I don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes so maybe there is a bit of twitchiness around other reports getting leaked. I just think this deal looks nailed on to happen and the timeframes have been pre-determined so I think we’re still going down that path as to this is what it will be.

“I think the 49ers may be less concerned about some of these media stories than other people are.

“Never say never in football, if someone comes in with a much bigger offer then you’ve got to have a look at it, I would still be surprised if it was anything other than the 49ers when it does happen.

Andrea Radrizzani has been pictured frequently with QSI chief Nasser Al-Khelaifi, but it looks to be nothing more than friendship built over the years.

Leeds have built up their partnership with the 49ers from the ground up, and nothing is going to harm that relationship with the takeover surely certain to happen now.

It is a matter of when, not if.

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