MOT Super Fans: Should Leeds take QSI money and should Radrizzani retain control?
This is part of a regular series from our panel of Leeds United Super Fans. Each week, our Super Fans will deliver their verdicts on the biggest talking points and news stories around Elland Road and Thorp Arch.
Leeds United are reportedly moving closer to a takeover by Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) – that was the latest take from ESPN on Monday.
The story was scant on detail and made no mention of the fact that QSI want to buy more than Andrea Radrizzani is ready to sell, or their differing valuations of the club, but it made for a good headline.
The ESPN story followed an interview in the Times with Leeds owner Radrizzani, where he said there were three parties interested in investment – QSI (acknowledged as the frontrunners), the owner of an Italian football club and a wealthy Leeds fan in the States.
The story keeps coming back to QSI.
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Radrizzani has said QSI have the money to catapult Leeds into the same bracket as super-wealthy Man City.
That’s obviously piqued the interest of Leeds fans but not everyone is happy at the prospect of taking money from Qatar.
The way we see it there are three options – Radrizzani doesn’t take money from QSI, he takes money but retains control, or QSI succeed in a full takeover.
Which of these options would you prefer? That’s the question we posed our panel of Leeds Super Fans…
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It’s a clean sweep for QSI’s money but the majority of our Leeds Super Fans would like to see investment with Radrizzani retaining control.
Just two of our Super Fans, Daryl and Adam Ross, wanted a full takeover and even they acknowledged the good Radrizzani has done.
Daryl said, “Seeing what has happened to Wolves within such a short period has whet my appetite,” while Adam said, “For me, on the balance of things, he [Radrizzani] has done a good job putting the pieces together to make this club feel whole again”.
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