Leeds United are edging closer to redeveloping Elland Road as added investment from the San Francisco 49ers looks to be on the horizon.
The Whites have been steadied immensely by the arrival of Andrea Radrizzani as the club’s owner.
Providing great stability through sensible investment in the first-team as well as keeping one eye fixed on the infrastructure of the club, he has overseen Leeds’ transformation into a club much closer to where the fans think they should be.
Having languished in the EFL for 16 years, Radrizzani’s appointment of Marcelo Bielsa and the adequate spending to support him has seen Leeds climb back into the Premier League, looking to follow in similar footsteps to Wolves who have broken into Europe in the past two seasons.
Back in 2018, the 49ers pumped in £10million to support the Whites in a partnership where the NFL franchise clearly saw huge potential at Elland Road under the Italian’s ownership.
With Leeds sitting in the top flight and looking to build on the momentum they have built in the last two years under Bielsa, it would seem the 49ers are eager to continue their investment at Leeds.
The Athletic’s Phil Hay has reported that extra investment from the NFL giants could be ‘on the way soon.
Leeds’ growth is something noted in-house too, though, with the belief that Leeds fans’ demands for tickets would be enough for the club to expand Elland Road to around 60,000 seats, according to Angus Kinnear on last week’s Square Ball podcast.
The redevelopment of Elland Road would focus on the West and North Stands but also ties in with the plans for a £25million training ground being proposed.