The San Francisco 49ers are reportedly “desperate” to increase their minority stake at Leeds United this season.

The Sun reported that the American franchise were keen to increase the 10% stake at Elland Road which they purchased back in 2018.

Paraag Marathe holds a close friendship with Andrea Radrizzani and recently admitted the 49ers would like to be more than passengers.

Radrizzani has recently opened up on the chances of the 49ers becoming more involved, and admitted he has held conversations.

“We have had different conversations,” he told La Nacion.

“Our minority partners are the San Francisco 49ers of the NFL, who have expressed interest in increasing their shareholding.

“To be honest, it is not a necessity today, but we are working well together, they are good friends and if they can help the club to accelerate its growth, why not?”

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The Leeds brand has gone through the roof since the exposure given to the club after promotion to the Premier League.

Radrizzani purchased the club for £45million, and financial expert Kieran Maguire exclusively told MOT Leeds News that could now be worth upwards of £300million.

The Italian admitted in the same interview that the five-year goal is European football for Leeds, and if that happens, that value could skyrocket again.

If all of these things materialise, there are no doubts behind why the 49ers are so desperate to increase their stake.

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