If recent reports are to be believed, then Andrea Radrizzani is about to make his most selfish decision yet as chairman of Leeds United.
The Whites have been linked with their fifth owner in six years, but this time it wouldn’t be a historically lousy owner like Ken Bates or a dodgy fraudster like Massimo Cellino.
Leeds have been the subject of interest from Qatar Sports Investments, the same group who are behind the financial boom that has happened at PSG over the last decade or so.
This change in ownership would immediately make the Whites one of the wealthiest clubs in the country, and if QSI put the same amount of money in at Elland Road as they have at Parc Des Princes, then Leeds could become European contenders in less than five years.
However, Radrizzani is reportedly hesitant to let go of his shares in the club, meaning that the Qatari’s interest may never be more than just that.
One thing is for certain, that won’t stop Nasser Ghanim Al-Khelaifi and his partners. If they are that desperate to get involved in English football they will, whether that’s at Leeds or elsewhere.
Nottingham Forest, Aston Villa and QPR have all been linked with a takeover, and if the Yorkshire club knock the Qataris back, then they might not get a second chance.
If the Italian truly had the club’s best interests at heart, then he would sell up to QSI the minute a reasonable bid came in, but it’s now clear to see that he only has his own personal gain in his mind.
The 44-year-old is no fool. He knows how profitable a football club can be, even more so one with the size and stature of Leeds United. Even more so if he manages to take the next step and guide the club back to the Premier League. The Whites’ value would skyrocket and his profits would not be far behind.
The Yorkshire outfit would almost certainly struggle in the top flight as most newly promoted teams do, but if they were to be owned by QSI, those worries could all but disappear as the club could splash out on some of the world’s leading talent.
If the Italian was a true supporter of the club, he couldn’t possibly sit idly by as the oil-rich group snap up another Championship club and watch them prosper while Leeds struggle to reclaim their rightful place at English football’s top table.
If an offer comes in from the billionaires then Radrizzani must remember the club’s motto of ‘Side before self’.