'Champions League in 2 seasons', 'Whoa' – These Leeds fans react to latest QSI rumour on Twitter
Talk of significant Leeds United investment from the QSI group has sprung up again on Twitter after a post made by a PSG fan account.
The post contained a translation of a story that claimed a deal with QSI had been struck.
The post went up on Monday night and attracted a lot of attention from Leeds fans.
The interesting part is as follows: “On the 11th of January, Tonetti arrives in Doha where he is welcomed by Khaled El Khalaifi, Yousef Al-Obaidly (beINsports vice-president) and Akbar Al-Baker (Qatar Airways director).
“During this meeting, Qatar offers to buy 49% of Leeds for $200m with the possibility of making this 75% if Leeds get to the Premier League.
“Qatar Airways also proposes a shirt sponsorship deal of $35m a season. Radrizzani agrees with QSI for the sale of 49%.”
[Lorenzo Tonetti is a business associate of Andrea Radrizzani.]
You can see why Leeds fans have been attracted to the story.
All we can say at the moment is that we’ve not heard this from any verified source and as much as Leeds fans might want to believe it’s true, it has to be taken with a huge amount of caution.
It seems very unlikely to us that any deals would be struck until Leeds are in the Premier League.
The valuation of the club would be massively different in the Championship or the Premier League. And we don’t believe the club is worth $400m in the Championship as these figures suggest.
Andrea Radrizzani has said that he wants new investment if Leeds get promoted and he’s talked up the QSI links on many different occasions.
Talking in Di Marzio in April, Radrizzani said, “My desire is to make a great Leeds player in the Premier League and to do so it will need to have new partners, in addition to the San Francisco 49ers. We will evaluate it when we are in that league.”
So, this story might be jumping the gun but it’s still attracted a lot of attention from Leeds fans – some wary, some far more cavalier.
Here are the best reactions to the latest takeover rumours…
— Matt James (@Matt1Lufc) June 1, 2020
— Conor McGilligan 🦁 (@ConorJHMcG) June 1, 2020
— Will retter (@willretter99) June 1, 2020
— LUFC Lewis🏴 (@LewisDeighton17) June 1, 2020
— FocusOnLeeds (@FocusOnLeeds) June 1, 2020
— Jack Snowden (@JackSnowden18) June 2, 2020
200 million for 49 percent? Bull.
— jayjay82 (@jwh1982) June 1, 2020
— London.leeds (@london_leeds) June 1, 2020
Don’t see why being PSG’s feeder club would be a position to aspire to. I doubt very much Bielsa would want to remain if he’s told he has to play PSG loanees to develop them either.#lufc deserves better.
— Celebaglar (@LordFrivolous) June 1, 2020
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