By Joe Ellis

7th Jan, 2023 | 6:10pm

Andrea Radrizzani holds all the cards as Middle-Eastern Leeds United takeover news emerges

The situation regarding any impending takeover of Leeds United took a new twist on Thursday (5 January) and Andrea Radrizzani will love it.

According to the Daily Mail, an unnamed buyer from the Middle East has become increasingly interested in buying out the current Elland Road chairman.

No serious bid has come in as of yet with the club’s Premier League survival paramount but if they do manage to stay up this season, then the San Francisco 49ers look set to complete a full takeover.

They already have a 44 per cent stake in the football club and it is thought that staying in the top flight would make a full takeover a formality but this new interest could well give Radrizzani exactly what he wants.

With his intentions to eventually leave Leeds United seemingly becoming obvious with this interest from multiple sources, he now wants to try and drive up the price as much as he can.

£400million is the price that has been agreed between the 49ers and Radrizzani for an eventual full takeover but there is nothing in the agreement to stop the Middle-Eastern party from swooping in and offering more.

Notably, Radrizzani is well within his rights to accept a higher offer from the region if he wishes to line his pockets even more.

As a result, he now holds all the cards regarding the future of the football club and who the next owners will be once his tenure comes to an end, whenever that may be.

Leeds supporters will now have to hope that he puts the club above his own greed and opts to remain committed to the 49ers’ agreement and not be turned by the cash.

In other Leeds United news, the end could be near for this Elland Road man as Victor Orta is targeting a new player this January.