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Takeover talks revitalised as Leeds meet with QSI

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Despite the insistence of Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani that he has no intention to sell further stakes, fresh reports have suggested that both parties have been communicating further.

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Radrizzani has been in charge at Elland Road for two seasons now having taken the club owner from Massimo Cellino in 2017.
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Reports from today’s L’equipe (France) and the New York Times (USA) have both reported that Leeds United ownerAndrea Radrizzani met with QSI chairman Nasser al-Khelaifi in Doha today (Monday 3rd June) over a potential stake purchase. The reports vary, with L’equipe reporting an outright takeover while the NY Times suggest a minority stake with a possible view for a full buyout.

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The PSG chairman has great interest in English football, with such a venture being QSI’s top priority.
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Qatar’s interest in Leeds United appeared last week with the Business Times first reporting the approach. The Leeds chairman said that he had no intention of selling any more shares but since then talks have seemingly progressed. Meanwhile, the Leeds United faithful have been deeply debating the idea of Qatari involvement and whether this would be something good for the club to explore. Ideas and opinions are greatly varied, but with the loss of £15 million following last season, the investment makes a lot of sense to keep Leeds in contention for automatic promotion next season.

The Mirror have since reported that the PSG chairman is to meet Leeds gaffer Marcelo Bielsa soon, but these claims are very possibly just to add to the further growing story. It’s difficult to know where the situation really is, and whatever happens, let’s hope it is best for Leeds United.