By Liam Thomas

27th Dec, 2022 | 1:45pm

Andrea Radrizzani ready to fully exit Leeds United with more investment needed

Andrea Radrizzani is ready to fully exit Leeds United admitting that the club needs more investment to compete with Premier League juggernauts in the future.

The 49ers seem to be getting ever closer to an Elland Road takeover, something that would catapult the club’s finances into brighter days.

Speaking to Corriere Della Sera, Radrizzani confessed that out of respect for the fans he believes now is the right time to part ways with the Whites.

“We are happy with Leeds, however we are evaluating other investments and the potential exit will be in 2024 together with the San Francisco 49ers, then we will consider strategic partnerships or IPOs, always with the aim of being the global digital destination for sports fans,” as quoted by Corriere Della Sera.

“Yes, perhaps Leeds can grow further, but in the future they will need more resources to be able to reach higher levels and compete with the best clubs in the Premier League, as a result, I believe that, due to the history of the club and the respect I have for the fans, it is right to let those who can invest more than me go forward, and bring them to the glory of the past.”

Sooner rather than later.

Oh come on Radz, stop teasing us, when is this investment actually going to happen? It feels like an eternity since the Whites have been getting linked with the 49ers.

The Italian’s comments are certainly classy, but now is definitely the right time for him to move on and pass the club to a safer pair of financial hands.

The cash influx the 49ers can provide trumps Radz and co and will make Leeds United able to compete in the transfer window for many campaigns to come.

A part of modern football that in the Premier League, in particular, is extremely vital, with luck, a takeover can be signed and sealed sooner rather than later.

When is this likely to happen though I hear you ask. Well, unfortunately, there is no chance of any takeover taking place before and during the January transfer window.

Leeds United are likely looking at the summer of 2023 or even potentially 2024 before Radz hands over the reins of the club.

This is a slightly risky move by the Italian, with Leeds far from being a stable club in the English top flight, a relegation that would scupper any deal could happen before then.

In other Leeds United news, we can exclusively reveal a major decision being made on Liam Cooper after he missed the friendly defeat to Monaco.