The San Francisco 49ers are “open” to the possibility of increasing their stake in Leeds United, according to the franchise’s Enterprises president.
A recent report from 90min.com suggested that the NFL outfit have emerged as serious contenders to “push through a full takeover”.
And the latest noises coming out of the USA would seemingly suggest that there could be some truth in that claim.
According to the New York Times, the 49ers have already opened talks with Leeds chief Andrea Radrizzani over the possibility of increasing their share in the club.
And Paraag Marathe, a key figure in the franchise’s operations, has admitted that he and his colleagues are keen on the idea of growing their role at Elland Road.
Speaking to Sport Business, he said: “We’re exploring the possibility of maybe becoming even bigger partners.
“It is something that we’re open to.
“Hopefully it works out if he’s [Radrizzani] looking for more and we’re open to more than maybe we should try something.”
This certainly sounds as if there is some sort of deal to be thrashed out here.
Radrizzani recently stated in an interview with The Times that he is “100% committed” to the idea of selling the club, but only if he feels that it will allow Leeds to grow in terms of both value and footballing success.
But in our opinion, it’s a fine line to toe.
On the one hand, investment is needed.
That much is clear and Radrizzani has never sought to deny that.
But at the same time, the Italian has done such a marvellous job of running the club that it would be a shame to see him relinquish his control at the helm.
That appears to be his end game in all of this, but here’s hoping that he sticks around for another season or two yet.
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