By Jason Jones

19th May, 2020 | 10:00am

MOT View: Major football influencer could do wonders for Leeds amid ongoing takeover whispers

Leeds United have been at the centre of speculation involving Qatar Sports Investment for some time now. 

It was the Financial Times that first brought up the prospect of the Qatari state buying stakes in the Whites back in May 2019, and while nothing concrete has been agreed as of yet, it would appear that there is still some lingering interest in a deal.

According to, Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund – the consortium on the cusp of taking over Newcastle United – are aware of the fact that QSI are keen on Leeds, and are eager to wrap up a deal so that they are not left behind when it comes to buying clubs.

QSI already own French giants PSG, and if there was any doubt over just how big a potential investment in Leeds could be for the club, you need only look at the latest report on the group’s leader, Nasser Al-Khelaifi.

The 46-year-old, who is also the CEO of the beIN Media Group, owners of beIN Sports, has been named as the most influential person in football by France Football.

That’s quite the accolade, and with talks of a potential Leeds takeover reportedly ongoing, it should be enough to get supporters drooling at the prospect of just how enormous Al-Khelaifi could make the Whites.

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Andrea Radrizzani has even hinted that he is open to the prospect of working with the Qatari giant, and even if Al-Khelaifi were to come in in a relatively minor role – as opposed to as a majority shareholder – you could only imagine the boost it would give the Whites.

Factor in that QSI is a subsidiary of the Qatar Investment Authority, which is reportedly worth around £277 billion, and the potential for what he could do at Elland Road is mind-boggling.

With the “most influential man in football” on board, given his experience at the very highest levels of the game and the wealth at his disposal, the sky would surely be the limit for Leeds United.

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