Cardiff City chairman Mehmet Dalman has claimed that around half of the clubs in the Championship are privately up for sale, potentially firing up the speculation surrounding QSI’s interest in Leeds United.
Andrea Radrizzani has openly spoken about his future in the Elland Road boardroom and in October, he went on record to say that he has been approached by “more than 20 parties” who are interested in buying the Yorkshire club off him.
One of those interested parties might be Qatar Sports Investments, who have been linked with taking over Leeds for quite some time now.
90min reported in March that Radrizzani had been in talks with Paris Saint-Germain chief Nasser al-Khelaifi, who also controls QSI, and a deal was close to being agreed upon.
It was understood that Radrizzani was close to agreeing to sell Leeds to QSI for £120million but talks have remained quiet as to not distract anyone from the club’s push to win promotion to the Premier League.
That adds up with what Cardiff chairman Dalman has now said, with him claiming that around 12 Championship clubs are privately up for sale in a discussion about a pay cap being utilised in the second-tier.
“I don’t like salary caps per se but something needs to be done because of long contracts and escalating salary demands,” said Dalman, as quoted by the Stoke Sentinel.
“I like low salaries and high bonuses. The current discrepancies are huge: you have some wage bills of £6m a year in the Championship and others running at £45m to £50m.
“The second option is to offload players but then your ambitions suffer. Third is don’t spend money on transfers. The fourth is of course to put yourself up for sale.
“Well, there are already around a dozen clubs up for sale in the Championship, they’re just not public. It’s happening, and one of the reasons is that nobody’s seeing any light at the end of the tunnel.”
Radrizzani is likely to be seeing light at the end of the tunnel, though.
Leeds are top of the Championship and seven points clear of third-place with nine matches left to play once the season is able to resume.
Of course, there is still a slim chance of the season being voided or promotion to the Premier League being denied but if you were a betting man, you would likely stick your money on Leeds going up.
Radrizzani will know that but he is no doubt going to be planning for all eventualities in these unprecedented times because he is a very good businessman.
If the worst was to happen then selling Leeds might be his only option.
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