Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Graham Smyth has discussed the prospect of fresh investment for Leeds United from either the San Francisco 49ers or QSI.
And, while hopes from some fans that QSI would sweep in and – in Andrea Radrizzani’s words – take Leeds to the same spending levels as Man City fade, Smyth has said that 49ers investment seems “nailed on”.
That comes after Price of Football podcaster Kieran Maguire had said that fresh funds would likely be on hold because of the COVID pandemic.
Writing in a fan Q&A, Smyth said, “Investment from the 49ers is far more likely than anything from QSI. In fact, you’d categorise further investment from the 49ers as nailed on, when compared with the likelihood of QSI putting money in.”
Smyth went on to say that it was “surely only a matter of time” and said that it could happen quickly as due diligence isn’t necessary and that the 49ers “appeared to be making preparations recently.”
Summer of love
All eyes will be on the summer now if, as expected, Leeds stay in the Premier League.
After a quiet January, we’re expecting the next transfer window to be one of the most significant in recent years.
Marcelo Bielsa will be looking to take Leeds to the next level and that will involve some big signings and existing squad members departing.
It gives Radrizzani time to get fresh investment in from the 49ers, who seem to be the long-term partner for the club.
The 49ers Paraag Marathe is on the Leeds board and it was said in December that the US giant was set to buy an extra 15% of the club.
We’re more than happy that Leeds have gone down this route rather than a full takeover from QSI.
We want Radrizzani, Angus Kinnear, Victor Orta and Marcelo Bielsa to stay for as long as possible and that wouldn’t happen with a QSI takeover.
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