According to Phil Hay, the owners of the San Francisco 49ers proposed financial assistance to Leeds in their summertime pursuit of Charles De Ketelaere.
The Whites pursued the Belgium international for the majority of the summer, making a £34 million [90 min, 23 July] bid to Club Brugge, but the player ultimately chose AC Milan.
But Hay now claims that the 49ers are helping out and deducting whatever money they provide off the ultimate price should they attempt to acquire complete control of the club in the future, after admitting that Leeds offered money they didn’t have to close the purchase [The Athletic, 30 August].
He indicated that Leeds’ top transfer target during the most recent transfer window was “Kettlechips, aka Charles De Ketelaere.”
“Pete is requesting information on whether shareholder funding for that transaction would have resulted in a transfer of stock that made 49ers Enterprises the dominant owner at Elland Road.
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It was one option for everyone involved, but there was also the possibility that any investment made by 49ers Enterprises now might reduce the cost of later purchasing Leeds from Radrizzani.
“Radrizzani still sounds and appears to be quite focused on keeping majority control.
The 49ers’ power is undoubtedly expanding at Elland Road, and it is certain that they will try to buy Andreas Radrizzani out as soon as possible.
The fact that Radz is providing money that he doesn’t have worries fans, especially in light of the direction the club took at that difficult time in the club’s history over 20 years ago.
The agreement ultimately fell through, but the club didn’t leave itself in a poor financial situation. However, if the team wants to move past relegation struggles and start climbing the table toward European competition in the future, they will need further investment.
It might be wonderful that the 49ers are willing to assist since it shows that they are focused on the team’s long-term future and want to be a part of it.
Although Radrizzani won’t want to give it up easy or anytime soon, it’s something to watch out for in upcoming transfer windows.
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