'Superpower' – Exclusive: Pundit makes Leeds-QSI claim as Radrizzani confirms investment talks
We’re delighted to welcome former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson as our exclusive columnist. Each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Leeds United…
Paul Robinson has said that he hopes that QSI can join the San Francisco 49ers in investing in Leeds United.
Andrea Radrizzani revealed in a recent interview that he’s in talks with a number of interested parties about taking on fresh investment.
“We are having discussions with several interested parties,” Radrizzani said. “Some of these have been good friends for a long time and want to help me to reach my goal.” [Sports Pro Media]
QSI have been talked about by Radrizzani before when he said that their money could propel Leeds into the same spending bracket as Man City. [The Times]
The 49ers already hold a minority stake in the club and have talked about increasing that this season.
Radrizzani is friends with QSI chairman and PSG owner Nasser al-Khelaifi. [Yorkshire Evening Post]
Robinson thinks that the three parties would create a “superpower” in English football.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson said, “It would be great to have the 49ers and QSI at Leeds if it would work.
“It means you’d get three sporting mega-minds round the table and it would create a superpower. It can only bode well for Leeds if it’s a harmonious relationship.
“Any kind of investment in the club is always welcome but investment that comes with knowledge and business acumen is what Leeds want.
“You see other clubs that have taken investment without the back-up of knowledge and it’s not worked out.
“Someone who has knowledge, intelligence and nous of how to run a global sporting brand, that’s exactly what Leeds need. And the 49ers and QSI both have that.”
A source close to Al-Khelaifi had told MOT Leeds News that QSI wanted to buy more of Leeds than Radrizzani wanted to sell.
That was a year ago, with Leeds still in the Championship. Their view might have changed now that Leeds are in the Premier League.
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