MOT View: Reliable journo shares mouthwatering claim about big-money investors at Leeds
It seems like there is no escaping talk of QSI taking over at Leeds United or at least going into business with owner Andrea Radrizzani.
Most Leeds fans are fed up about the constant speculation about Radrizzani’s future in the boardroom and whether or not the cash-rich Qataris will buy the Yorkshire club off him upon promotion to the Premier League.
LeedsLive journalist Beren Cross has offered a measured look at the links between Leeds and QSI in a recent report, saying that a lot of the speculation is down to Radrizzani’s relationship with QSI president Nasser Al-Khelaifi.
Pictures of Radrizzani and Al-Khelaifi have emerged on social media and in the press while the Leeds United owner said earlier this month that “there’s a desire to do something together – maybe even in football”.
It is enough to get Leeds fans excited about the future but what seems more likely to happen at Elland Road is further investment from board member Paraag Marathe, president of 49ers Enterprises.
According to Cross, Marathe invested over £11million into the club in 2018 when 49ers Enterprises entered business with Radrizzani.
49ers Enterprises are the investment arm of NFL franchise San Francisco 49ers, who are worth a staggering £2.8billion [CBS] and are the fifth-most valuable franchise in the NFL.
Cross has now made a mouthwatering claim about Leeds’ relationship with Marathe and the 49ers, saying to “not discount the level of wealth backing that operation on the US west coast”.
He also added: “If Radrizzani does open the door to more share sales and investment, the 49ers will be right there competing with the best of them.”
Radrizzani’s spending hasn’t been ridiculous since he bought Leeds off Massimo Cellino in 2017 with Marcelo Bielsa’s work as manager being the main reason as to why the club is closing in on promotion to the Premier League.
Can Radrizzani’s wealth alone be enough to see Leeds settle down and establish themselves in the top-flight if they get there? Or will 49ers Enterprises want to invest even more into a club that clearly has massive potential?
San Francisco 49ers reached the Super Bowl this year so they know a thing or two about achieving success.
Let’s hope that can rub off on Leeds.
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