Billionaire-owned Leicester City are the latest club to be credited with an interest in Leeds United centre-back Ben White.
White has been brilliant on loan for Leeds this season and that’s got him on the radar of a number of Premier League clubs, including Liverpool and Man United.
Now, Football Insider has claimed that Brendan Rodgers wants White at the King Power Stadium next season and that Leicester are lining up a summer bid after being “hugely impressed” with the 22-year-old.
It’s been reported that Brighton see him as a big part of their future but if clubs with the resources of Liverpool and Leicester come in with offers, they might be very tough to resist.
As it stands, Leeds just wouldn’t have the money to go head-to-head with clubs like this to sign him on a permanent deal – something they will surely want to do.
Leicester are owned by Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha and his family, and according to Business Insider, they’re worth $5.9bn.
However, that could change if the QSI takeover happens.
Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani confirmed that he was in talks with QSI but it could well hinge on promotion to the Premier League.
At that point, Radrizzani would be able to realise a much higher price for the club and he also said that a QSI takeover would take Leeds into the same league as big-spenders man City.
Leeds will need a huge injection of funds to compete in the Premier League.
Buying new players will be hugely important but holding onto Premier League-level players like White and Kalvin Phillips will be equally vital in managing the transition up to the top flight.
Unfortunately, it looks like White could well be the subject of a bidding war come the summer.
We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves – Leeds need to get promoted first. But, if Bielsa get his men up, it will be time to send out the bat signal for the QSI group.
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