By Jonty Banks

12th Jan, 2023 | 2:40pm

Leeds United takeover news as Qatar Sports Investments update drops on Thursday

Qatar Sports Investments are not looking to purchase Leeds United and have not held any talks with the club, according to Ben Jacobs.

Fresh rumours of Qatar Sports Investments’ (QSI) involvement with Leeds have recently resurfaced in dramatic fashion after reigniting interest from talks in 2019. [The Express]

The Times recently reported that the investment arm of the San Francisco 49ers were closing in on a complete takeover at Elland Road, with the funds now in place to buy the club, but the interest from QSI had thrown this into doubt.

However, according to CBS journalist Jacobs, there is nothing to suggest Leeds and QSI ever held talks about the takeover of the club.

He tweeted (Thursday 12 January): “Qatar Sports Investments have no interest in buying or investing in Leeds United. Told no talks have taken place and there is no interest in starting any.”

49ers in the box-seat

The interest from QSI was always a longshot considering the long-standing relationship between the 49ers and Leeds, so this doesn’t come as a huge shock to hear.

The Whites will be hopeful a significant investment from the 49ers will be poured into the squad, the stadium and the training facilities upon being sold, as Leeds look to make themselves Premier League regulars.

QSI would have certainly have had the necessary money to improve all of these facets of the club, but there is a moral dilemma on whether you want your club to be run by an oil-rich state or not.

If you are comfortable with this, then QSI would be the perfect successor to Radrizzani, but with the 49ers, the club know they have an enterprise who are invested in the future image of the football club.

As brilliant as Radrizzani has been at Elland Road and the journey he has taken Leeds on, his time is drawing to a close, and the 49ers seem the perfect option to hand the reigns onto.

In other Leeds United news, Fabrizio Romano has dropped a major update on World Cup star Azzedinie Ounahi’s potential January move to Elland Road.