The Lowdown: 49ers option
49ers Enterprises currently hold a 44% stake at Elland Road, which is still majority-owned by Andrea Radrizzani.
A full takeover by 49ers Enterprises could be worth £475m in total, however, with Jesse Marsch’s side on the verge of relegation, it looks as if any deal could be put on hold.
The Latest: Takeover claim
In a story late on Wednesday evening, The Daily Mail’s Mike Keegan looked at what possible relegation could mean for Leeds.
The reliable reporter said that the Whites would be in a ‘decent position financially’, with the majority of players having a 50 per cent pay cut.
Keegan added however that long term projects, such as selling the club, would need to be put on hold.
The Verdict: Imminent return needed
The Whites know that a defeat to Brentford on Sunday will send them back down to the Championship and will seemingly have a major knock-on effect off the pitch, with players like Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha expected to leave thanks to relegation clauses.
49ers Enterprises have the option to take full control from Radrizzani until January 2024. Therefore, you’d expect that Leeds, should they go down, will need to bounce straight back up ahead of the 2023/23 campaign for a full takeover to have any chance of still going through.
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