By Dave Woods

8th Nov, 2019 | 12:27pm

Exclusive: QSI want to buy more of Leeds than Radrizzani willing to sell

QSI chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi wants to buy more of Leeds United than owner Andrea Radrizzani is prepared to sell, MOT Leeds News can reveal. 

The Times reported that Andrea Radrizzani flew over to Paris for talks with PSG President Al-Khelaifi and was a guest at the Champions League game against Club Brugge on Wednesday night.

The two were photographed at the game, alongside former French president Nicolas Sarközy (from bottom left to right).

A source close to Al-Khelaifi has told MOT Leeds News that the QSI chairman wants to buy a bigger portion of Radrizzani’s 88% stake than he “is willing to let go”.

The valuation of the club could also prove to be a sticking point.

In a story in L’Equipe, a QSI spokesperson said they valued Leeds at between £51m and £69m, with Radrizzani claiming that he’d invested £100m in a Telegraph interview back in 2017.

£100m is more in line with the investment Leeds took from the San Francisco 49ers last year, with 49ers Enterprises taking a minority stake [Yorkshire Evening Post] of around 12% for £11m [Leeds Live].

Talks are ongoing between Radrizzani and QSI, but promotion to the Premier League would cause a significant shift in the valuation of the club.

Mike Ashley put Newcastle up for sale for £350m for a club that is currently struggling in 15th place in the Premier League.

Radrizzani has talked of about taking investment at “the right moment, a moment where I believe we need support to build the club bigger than what we could do with our own resources.” [Independent]

It looks like Radrizzani wants to remain a part of the club as it takes its next steps forward.

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