Girona provide warning for Leeds United amidst Qatari Sports Investments interest

Leeds fans have been frantic since reports emerged that Qatar Sports Investments are interested in buying a share of the club.

As soon as the rumours began, supporters were dreaming about the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar lining up at Elland Road. Although many of these comments are tongue in cheek, fans still have high expectations around the potential arrival of the Qataris.

Why wouldn’t they? This is the same financial group that has pumped over €1b into PSG over the last decade or so.

The Parc des Princes has seen some of the biggest names in the world take to the pitch since the financial group took charge back in 2011. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Neymar, Angel Di Maria and Dani Alves are just a handful of examples, but the Yorkshire side shouldn’t expect the same type of results if the Qataris can striker a deal with Andrea Radrizzani.

The Whites would most certainly not be the financial group’s top priority. They have spent years setting the French side up to become the force they are today. It’s incredibly unlikely that they’re going to prioritise a Championship team over the European giants they have created.

Leeds are unlikely to become a force in English football again under the ownership of QSI. This move would likely be more akin to Sheikh Mansour’s City Football Group’s acquisitions of Girona, NYCFC and Melbourne Victory. They would act as an extension of PSG, which may seem like a good thing to begin with, but in terms of long term success, it may be detrimental.

Girona have had first dibs on any Man City loanees over the past few years, with the likes of Patrick Roberts, Pablo Maffeo and Douglas Luiz making the move from Manchester to North East Spain.

If Leeds are to fit into this same model, then it would likely be enough to get them promoted from the Championship. But once the Yorkshire club arrives in the Premier League, they may go the same way as Girona. Due to the influx of loanees, they became very unsettled and didn’t gel, which ultimately led to their relegation from La Liga.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side could suffer the same fate, becoming nothing more than a yo-yo team set up to service a much bigger side who are competing in Europe.

This would completely strip the historic club of their identity, and it would be a tragedy for the whole of English football if Leeds were to become PSG’s B team.