By Joe Ellis

31st Aug, 2022 | 12:10pm

Leeds United must be Andrea Radrizzani priority as Eleven Sports asset nears sale

Andrea Radrizzani could be about to get one last chance to invest in Leeds United this transfer window as one of his assets nears a sale.

The Whites’ chairman is also the founder of the media group Eleven Sports which began in 2015 but now, according to New York Times journalist Tariq Panja on Twitter, the company is nearing acquisition.

Broadcasting giant DAZN are the company hoping to acquire Radirzzani’s company with an announcement likely to come this week from both parties.

“DAZN, Len Blavatnik’s money suck sports streaming business, on course to acquire Andrea Radrizanni’s Eleven Sports,” Panja said. “First reports of this in the Financial Times in July. Announcement likely this week as it stands.”

This could be the perfect timing for Leeds United and Jesse Marsch who are less than 48 hours away from seeing the transfer window slam shut and desperately need new players before that happens.

Especially now Rodrigo has injured his shoulder, Marsch is struggling to find fit strikers to play and would like to add one more to his armoury before 11pm on 1 September.

He could also do with a left-back to provide cover and competition for the injury-prone Junior Firpo but there are no imminent moves on either front with money supposedly not available right now.

If DAZM do acquire Eleven Sports, then the cash will certainly be readily available for Victor Orta to go bananas in the transfer market and Radrizzani should be giving the Whites a headstart with the funds so they can make moves and pay the chairman back once the sale goes through.

There is no more time to wait around because the deadline has crept into immediate view and if Marsch fails to be given at least one of his two primary targets for position, then any hopes of causing shocks in the Premier League can be waved goodbye and a mid-table finish will loom.

In other Leeds United news, there is still a good chance that this Thorp Arch talent leaves the club before the deadline in search of regular football.