By Sam Stone

22nd May, 2023 | 6:40pm

Leeds United: Andrea Radrizzani in race to stop Sampdoria 'oblivion' as £11.6m wage bill emerges

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani is part of a rescue bid to save Sampdoria from financial “oblivion”, according to The Athletic.

It’s understood Gestio Capital, of which Radrizzani is a part, presented a bid to purchase the soon-to-be Serie B club on Friday (The Athletic, 21 May).

Sampdoria have a wage bill of £11.6million which has accumulated over the past three months. If a deal is concluded quickly, the club should be able to pay their players.

The Serie A club have until 30 May to make the payment or suffer a four-point penalty to be served next season.

Way out

Radrizzani potentially views the Sampdoria takeover as a way out of Leeds United, and, quite frankly, no one can really blame him. This season has been a disaster from start to finish. The appointment of Jesse Marsch was nonsensical, Javi Gracia was a rescue mission gone wrong, and now Sam Allardyce has been left to pick up the pieces.

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With the 49ers’ takeover looming over the club, much has been made over whether the Italian will look to propel Leeds back into the Premier League or cut his losses if relegation does occur on Sunday afternoon. He clearly wants to maintain some sort of presence on the European football stage.

Sampdoria are in ruin at present and will be a Serie B side next season. There’s certainly an opportunity for Radrizzani to exploit here. He could help clear the debts and pick up the club for a minimal fee. They’ve been successful in the past and he could well turn the Genoa club back into a top-flight force once again.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay claims that an international player at Elland Road has no place at the club next season and a summer transfer is on the cards.