By Jonty Banks

24th Dec, 2022 | 10:10am

Leeds United: 49ers and Andrea Radrizzani hold talks over January transfer window

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani and the 49ers Enterprises have been in direct conversations about how the January transfer window will be financed, according to Leeds Live.

Jesse Marsch’s side are likely to target the winter window with force after a steady start to the Premier League season, which sees them sit just two points above the relegation zone.

A centre-forward and a left-back have long been touted as the club’s priority in January, but the source of funds for potential signings still needs to be determined.

Radrizzani is set to pass control of the club over to the 49ers Enterprises in the near future, so blunt talks have reportedly been held over the source, the quantity and how the long-term finances of the club will be dealt with.

The Leeds Live report said: “With 49ers Enterprises’ collective finger hovering over the takeover button and Andrea Radrizzani casting one eye on the future transition of power, frank conversations have been had on financing the coming window.

“Understandably, all parties are keen to clarify who’s paying for what and how that plays into the long-term finances of the takeover.”

Key talks

Rumours of direct conversations between the two parties are unsurprising, given the amount Leeds might need to pump into the winter transfer window.

Although the Whites remain out of the relegation zone at the moment, a lack of investment could easily see the club slip down towards the drop. A centre-forward is necessary due to the inconsistency of Patrick Bamford’s fitness this season, but it could cost the club a hefty fee.

Clubs around Europe are unlikely to be separated from their proven goal-scorers midway through the season, so a transfer tax is likely to be placed on any centre-forward who Leeds target.

Matheus Cunha was one of these forwards, with the Brazilian eventually signing for Premier League rivals Wolves for £45million.

With a left-back also needed in January, Radrizanni and the 49ers will need to come to a compromise on who pays the bulk of the money towards these signings.

In other Leeds United news, an attacker linked with a move to Elland Road claims that he could leave his Champions League club in the January transfer window.