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Leeds Owner Says Investment From Qatar Could Help Club Compete With Manchester City

Leeds Owner Says Investment From Qatar Could Help Club Compete With Manchester City

In exciting news for Leeds United fans, owner Andrea Radrizzani says he is weighing up three different offers for added investment in the club.

And the Italian says that one of the offers is from the Qatari Sports Investment (QSI), headed up by Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi and it could be a game-changer.

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There's also interest from an America-based Leeds fan as well as an owner of a club in Italy not yet named.

"I have been approached by more than 20 parties and I have selected these three," Radrizzani revealed to The Times.

"The option of Qatar Sports Investment and Nasser - first of all they are friends, we have had a good relationship for a long time.

"Secondly, they have the possibility to bring this club to compete with Manchester City, so for the fans that could be a fantastic opportunity.

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"The second is based in America, he's a big fan of Leeds United since he was a child, and I like that.

"Another one is the owner of an Italian club. With another club you can create synergy to be more competitive and to target the Premier League - we could maybe get a loan to increase the quality of the team."

Talk of PSG's owners wanting to acquire an English club first came around in April, with Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest and Queens Park Rangers the three sides mentioned by the French media.

Leeds were soon thrown into the conversation, however, with French newspaper Le Parisien reporting in July that a takeover wasn't too far away from being completed.

Radrizzani, who is also the founder of Eleven Sports, became majority owner at Leeds United in 2017 and saw the team narrowly miss out on promotion after topping the Championship at Christmas last year.

Image: PA
Image: PA

Having put over £90 million into Leeds he feels as though his project is in the early days at the Yorkshire club but may require extra financial involvement.

"The most important thing for me is to make this club big again," he added.

"When I will open the door to others I don't know, hopefully when we are in the Premier League. When it will be done, it doesn't matter which share [I have], it matters that I can continue my project and also have the support to build this club back again.

"I don't need to sell but it is important to listen because I always remember I am a custodian of the club."

Topics: Manchester City, Leeds, Football News, Paris Saint-Germain, Football, PSG, Leeds United, Qatar, championship

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