Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani may have just hinted that one potential investor could give the club an advantage on the pitch more than the other two possible options he has on the table.
Speaking to The Times, the Italian revealed that he had managed to whittle down over 20 different interested parties for a stake in the Whites to three and started to suggest what each of them could bring, however it was the last one that, perhaps, highlighted as to what they could do for the team.
“I have been approached by more than 20 parties and I have selected these three,” Radrizzani told 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.
“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.”
Indeed, whilst all three options could turn out to be excellent investors for the club in the future, it would appear the unnamed owner of the Italian club is the one that would be in a more immediate position to help Leeds achieve their ultimate aim of returning to the Premier League as soon as possible.
Of course, that will depend on the club and the quality of players they have available to loan out to the Whites in order to help them achieve those aims, but it could be something that also only benefits them once they do finally win promotion to England’s top-flight as well.
Leeds are no strangers to using the loan market, with the likes of Helder Costa, Ben White, Jack Clarke, Eddie Nketiah, Jack Harrison and Illan Meslier all having joined in the summer (TransferMarkt) – although there are concerns that Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal could both recall their men in January.
However, there might be an argument that the Elland Road outfit have lacked a real cutting-edge in a number of their Championship matches so far this season, with Marcelo Bielsa’s side having slipped to fifth in the division with two away defeats having been suffered in their last three fixtures – both in the capital to Charlton Athletic and Millwall (Sky Sports).
Thus, if the unnamed Italian outfit has quality players available on a temporary basis, it could be in Leeds’ best interests to exploit the possible relationship that may be formed if they go down that route of investment.
It appears additional investment is going to be crucial to Leeds if they are to reach their aims and objectives and it seems as though the three offers on the table all offer positives.
However, to win football games, quality is going to be needed on the pitch, which makes the third potential option more appealing as it could help them to bring in the extra talent they may need to finally get over the finish line.
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