By Craig Scott

2nd Sep, 2022 | 8:10am

Time for Andrea Radrizzani to sell up and hand Leeds United control to 49ers after transfer meltdown

Deadline day wasn’t the first time Leeds United majority shareholder Andrea Radrizzani has made a fool out of himself.

However, the Italian’s proclamation that Bamba Dieng would be joining from Marseille – only for the Senegalese forward to snub a move to Elland Road – is as spectacularly bad as it gets.

Radrizzani has had all sorts of warnings in the past to keep a closed lid on social media.

He’s had the occasional run-in with fans in the past while Phil Hay was also a target of the Leeds chairman’s keyboard-warrior behaviour at one point.

On 7 December last year, Radrizzani took aim at The Athletic journalist for how he reported on the future 49ers Enterprises takeover at Elland Road.

The 49ers already own 44 per cent of Leeds and Hay had reported on The Athletic website that the Americans have the option to buy the club outright from Radrizzani by January 2024 for a fee in excess of £400million.

While Radrizzani has done a lot of good for Leeds – more good than anyone that’s held a position in the Elland Road boardroom in a very long time – it’s time for him to go now.

The 49ers have already shown great interest in Leeds by building their shares over the years and their agreement to complete a full takeover in less than 18 months should now be triggered.

Radrizzani has took Leeds as far as he can and it seems as though the Italian doesn’t have that much interest in investing anymore based on what MOT Leeds News has recently learned.

We reported on 31 August that the reason why Leeds’ net spend has been basically zero this summer has been because the 49ers are only able to invest in the club what Radrizzani does.

MOT Leeds News has been told by a source at Elland Road that Radrizzani “hasn’t got anything to put in“, meaning that the agreement with the 49ers has hampered investment and Leeds have only been able to spend what they’ve made on player sales.

It’s a deal that could be in place up until the point the 49ers become majority shareholders – which cannot happen quick enough.

In other Leeds United news, the club are now hell-bent on signing this “phenomenal” player in January.