Andrea Radrizzani has claimed that the San Francisco 49ers have invested more than the suggested £50million to increase their stake in Leeds United.
The Times journalist Martyn Ziegler reported that the American Football franchise had paid £50million to take their stake to 37% at Elland Road.
Radrizzani admitted it was “more than” that suggested figure, and is all part of the five-seven year plan in West Yorkshire for the Whites.
BBC journalist Adam Pope spoke to the Whites chairman on Monday after the news, relaying his answers on his personal Twitter account.
“Spoke to Leeds chairman Andrea Radrizzani & new vice-chairman Paraag Marathe re 49ers investment,” he wrote.
“Radrizzani says the investment is ‘something more than’ the £50m reported. It’s part of a 5-7 year plan to build something relevant in the world of football.”
Spoke to #lufc chairman Andrea Radrizzani & new vice chairman Paraag Marathe re @49ers investment.
Radrizzani says the investment is “something more than” the £50m reported. It’s part of a 5-7 year plan to build something relevant in the world of football.
— Adam Pope (@apopey) January 25, 2021
Still no signings.
The instant thought for many Leeds fans will have been whether or not the Whites could have entered the January market with this fresh investment.
Marcelo Bielsa addressed the media on Monday morning before this was announced, and his answer stayed the same – no January business expected.
a week of the transfer window to go. Bielsa not expecting any incomings and says he's happy with his squad as it is. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) January 25, 2021
Transfers or not, Leeds are more than halfway to the desired 40-point mark that many believe is enough for Premier League survival.
What it does do, is make the summer even more exciting.
The Whites will be ready to go into the market and splash more cash to add to the near-£100million they spent before this campaign.
Radrizzani has made it clear that he wants to bring European football back to Elland Road, and it appears as though the 49ers are here to help that dream a reality – bring it on.
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