Over the weekend reports surfaced claiming that gas rich Gulf state Qatar were in active talks to buy a stake in Leeds United as they looked to enter the English game for the first time.
Qatar Sports Investments are a state backed group which many fans will know from their control of French Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain and there has been some speculation for a while that they wanted an English arm, and it’s been claimed that talks have been ongoing with Andrea Radrizzani for the last few months.
The Financial Times made the claim and quoted an unnamed source as saying.
“Qatar Sports Investments will be entering English Football, and Leeds is the club of their choice. Qatar has been looking into the prospects of entering English Football for the past two years.”
They also quoted a source at Leeds who said that talks were being held with six different parties, one of which was the Qatar group, but Radrizzani was looking for a minority stake investment in the club, rather than a full sale.
Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay had his own take on things.
Been up in Glasgow all day but have asked about this tonight. Interest from Qatar is real but message from Leeds end is that Radrizzani won’t be selling another stake at this stage:https://t.co/KfZ5ZgoSF4
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) May 25, 2019
It’s an interesting proposition and fans will be relishing more details, despite Hay downplaying it at this stage.
We’re abit thick if that’s the case aren’t we
— Aaron (@Iufcaaron) May 25, 2019
Cheers sons crying
— Simon Walker (@sidddy9) May 25, 2019
Well there goes my dreams
— ???? (@laurinaaa_) May 25, 2019
Sell up Radz
— LJM (@passittopablo) May 25, 2019
Day in the life of a Leeds fan
— Bailey (@BaileyyLUFC) May 25, 2019
Let’s see come the beginning of the season… Money talks!!!
— lee (@lee_2129) May 25, 2019
???????????????? something good happens and then 10 mins later it all comes crashing down. O my Leeds United ❤️
— Zee (@ZSJaved123) May 25, 2019