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Speaking to the Talking Shutt podcast this week, Adam Pope has laid down a huge claim about a potential takeover at Leeds, explaining how long Andrea Radrizzani may last at the club.

What’s he said?

The Leeds hierarchy have made some major plays this week in terms of extending the contracts of three of their key players.

Kalvin Phillips first put pen to paper, ending speculation that saw him linked with three Premier League sides over the summer. Meanwhile, Stuart Dallas and Liam Cooper also extended their stays.

But investment of this type, certainly from Radrizzani may not last too much longer.

That’s according to BBC Radio Leeds commentator Pope who appearing on the Talking Shutt podcast explained he may be gone in the next year. He said:

“He [Angus Kinnear] said selling is not on the cards, but I believe they’re still looking for money to come in.

“My issue would be if you’re getting more investment you’re going to fracture the ownership. You’ve got the 49ers, Andrea, then somebody else. For me, ruling by committee doesn’t work.

“I thought there was potential he [Radrizzani] might have sold up last season but with being top of the league it was clear he wanted to stay.

“Leeds is a beast that needs feeding and it’s tough for them to make money. How long can he go on for? Another year maybe.”

Promotion or bust?

Radrizzani’s time at the club has come with success. Appointing Marcelo Bielsa last season was a masterstroke that saw Leeds end their time in mid-table obscurity and finish in the playoffs.

A similar sort of term appears to be on the cards in 2019/20. The Whites currently sit third in the table and that’s largely thanks to the increased wage bill that Kinnear spoke about with the BBC last week.

The fact is that if Leeds don’t get promoted this season then arguably, Radrizzani may either have to sell a percentage of his stake of leave completely.

Achieving a place in the Premier League comes with a huge financial gain, £170m in fact.

That would be a considerable boost to a club like Leeds, especially as Pope explains that it’s difficult for them to make money.

The fact they had to sell Pontus Jansson partly for financial fair play reasons in the summer is more evidence of that final claim.

Leeds would be wise to keep tabs on possible future investors but it would make sense if Radrizzani stays if they go up.


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Matt Dawson