Andrea Radrizzani preparing for Leeds United exit with £78m bid for Sampdoria
Andrea Radrizzani is preparing to leave Leeds United this summer and is readying a £78m offer to buy Italian club Sampdoria, according to Il Secolo (17 May).
Radrizzani has been linked with an exit from Elland Road this summer with the 49ers Enterprises planning to trigger their full buyout option of the club at the end of the season, regardless of whether Leeds are in the Premier League or the Championship.
And the current owner is already looking at his next move with recently relegated Sampdoria targeted for a takeover by his parent company Aser Ventures.
Reports suggest that the current frontrunners Barnaba are having problems getting their offer approved by the bank, and Radrizzani is ready to take advantage.
It doesn’t have much to do with Leeds United at this point, because while Radrizzani is at Elland Road he’s unlikely to give his attentions elsewhere.
But there has been some talk that he could look to stay on for another year if the club were to get relegated to try and get us back in the Premier League so that he could receive the full agreed amount from the 49ers rather than just a fraction of the valuation.
That can’t happen because the fans of the club have already made their mind up on him and the board, and the feeling at the club will be toxic for as long as he sticks around.
The fact he is looking at potential new homes for next season and beyond is positive for us because it means his plans to stick around aren’t going ahead, which should almost guarantee the 49ers are coming in.