By Craig Scott

6th May, 2022 | 8:10am

Leeds United news: Major issue for 49ers takeover due to Premier League twist

If Leeds United are relegated from the Premier League, it may have an impact on the pre-agreed takeover deal for the San Francisco 49ers, according to the Daily Mail.

The newspaper reports that the 49ers have the option to take charge at Elland Road in 2024 at a cost of £475million.

However, it is understood that dropping back into the Championship would have a “major impact” on the Americans’ planned purchase as that price only applies if Leeds are a Premier League club.

The Mail adds that it remains to be seen whether current Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani would accept a lower amount if the Whites do drop out of the top-flight this season.

Big issues

Leeds didn’t expect this.

After returning to the Premier League, we all thought that the first season back in the big-time would be the toughest one.

However, Marcelo Bielsa and his players passed that test with flying colours and finished ninth.

But based on form this season, are Leeds suffering from their own success?

If Leeds finished just above the relegation zone last season, you’d imagine that there would have been more investment in the squad and more quality players signed up.

We didn’t need Daniel James for £30million. We needed serious depth adding to the centre of the midfield and a back-up striker.

Injuries for Kalvin Phillips and Patrick Bamford compounded those issues and ultimately, those injury issues are the biggest factor in Leeds’ potential demise this term.

Unfortunately, we do look as though we’re favourites to get relegated.

Hopefully Radrizzani and the 49ers have another agreement that’s in the pipeline should a return to the second-tier materialise.

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