By Mark Smith

14th Nov, 2019 | 3:19pm

Report: QSI investment in Leeds takes another potential twist after reported Napoli offer

Some fans have been getting excited about the possibility of big-money investment coming into Leeds United from QSI (Qatar Sports Investment). 

Andrea Radrizzani has gone on record to say that they are on a shortlist of three potential investors, and specifically said that QSI money could put Leeds on the same level as Man City.

Given that line, it’s no surprise that some Leeds fans are getting giddy. But the latest line from QSI (via the Athletic) said that any deal was a long way off and that the two parties were a way apart in terms of valuation.

Now, there’s another potential twist in the story after Simon Chadwick, Professor of Sports Enterprise at Salford Business School, said that he had heard that talk in Qatar was about the country’s investors buying Napoli not Leeds.

The Napoli story has been reported elsewhere, with the Daily Mail claiming club owner Aurelio De Laurentiis has been made an offer of £480m (€560m) for the club.

However, Chadwick went on to say that even if QSI did buy Napoli, the deal for Leeds could still go ahead.

He pondered whether Leeds and Napoli could form part of a “franchised football network in same way as Abu Dhabi’s City Football Group & Red Bull clubs”.

The Red Bull franchised clubs managed to get around the problem of playing in the same European competition when they drawn together in the Europa League. It was adjudged they didn’t share the same owners.

This story is set to run and run but it would seem that it’s not necessarily a case of either/or when it comes to Qatar and Leeds and Napoli.

In other Leeds United news, QSI claims Radrizzani over-valuing Leeds, investment not imminent