By Craig Scott

10th Nov, 2022 | 5:10pm

Gary Neville will be furious with Leeds United takeover news amid reveal by US banking sources

Leeds United fans are probably buzzing to see a report by The Times that claims 49ers Enterprises are closing in on a complete takeover at Elland Road.

Martyn Ziegler and Matt Lawton together reported on 9 November that the investment arm of the NFL’s San Fransisco 49ers have made moves in recent weeks to put together funds to buy Andrea Radrizzani out of the West Yorkshire club.

The 49ers already own a 44 per cent share of Leeds and have the option to buy the club from Radrizzani by January 2024.

However, The Times now claims that they’ve been told by “US banking sources” that investment is now in place to complete a full takeover, which could be completed at the end of this season.

Gary Neville is bound to be furious with this.

American ownership of Premier League clubs is growing.

Nine top-flight teams in England are currently at least partially owned by people from the US and a complete buyout by the 49ers at Leeds would make them the third solely American-owned club.

Neville isn’t happy with the increase of American owners in English football though, tweeting about the issue back in September.

Writing via his personal Twitter account on 14 September, the former Manchester United and England right-back said: “I keep saying it but the quicker we get the Regulator in the better.

“US investment into English football is a clear and present danger to the pyramid and fabric of the game.

“They just don’t get it and think differently.

“They also don’t stop till they get what they want!”

Neville obviously knows how bad American owners can be due to the Glazer family wreaking havoc at his beloved Man United but you have to look at Liverpool and Arsenal and see their improvement in recent years at how it can beneficial towards clubs.

Off the pitch though, Neville makes a good point as it was mainly US-owned clubs who pushed for the introduction of the European Super League.

However, this is something that 49ers Enterprises president, and current Leeds vice-chairman, Paraag Marathe suggested he wouldn’t be interested in [LeedsLive].

It remains to be seen how a complete takeover by the 49ers would affect Leeds but it’s fair to assume that their investment helped us assemble the squad we now have in the Premier League.

And if Radrizzani is going to give us more barren summers like the last one, it’s time for him to move on graciously.

We’ll forever be grateful to the Italian. But Leeds are a different beast now and it’s a beast that he probably cannot tame.

In other Leeds United news, this Elland Road chief has been blasted by a Sky Sports pundit after footage emerged on social media.