Andrea Radrizzani has been linked with a big-money move this week.
No, Leeds aren’t signing a new midfielder, the Italian is reportedly after buying a new club, and the side he has his eyes on is La Liga outfit Valencia.
Valencia have fallen upon hard times lately, being forced to sell a number of their prized assets over the summer, and Radrizzani is looking to capitalise on that by purchasing the club and helping them out.
This could be seen as a worrying prospect for Leeds fans, after all, this could take some of their chairman’s focus and financial backing away from Elland Road, but his plan seems to be a lot grander than that.
The Times’ report on his potential purchase describes the businessman’s plan for a European empire, in which a whole host of clubs act as a feeder club to the Whites, much like how Manchester City operate in tandem with NYCFC, Girona and Melbourne, and Leeds already have all the evidence they need to show just how well that can work out.
Indeed, there is living proof in United’s squad as to what Radrizzani’s investment can do for Leeds, and his name is Jack Harrison.
Harrison started his career at NYCFC having grown up in America, but it quickly became clear that the youngster was too talented to be plying his trade in MLS, so Man City easily brokered a deal with their sister club to bring him to the Etihad.
Three consecutive loan spells to Leeds followed, and United now look likely to sign him for £10m at the end of the season, leaving Man City with a healthy profit on a player they didn’t have to do much work on, and these are the types of deals that Leeds could do, but on a much bigger scale with a club that have a much stronger academy system.
Valencia have a ridiculous track record of developing future stars, and the Elland Road outfit could benefit massively from this partnership if Radrizzani does treat the La Liga outfit as a feeder club.
Just look at the list of former Valencia academy graduates, you have the likes of Isco, David Silva, Paco Alcacer and Ferran Torres, all Spanish internationals, who either play or have played for some of the best teams in the world, and these are the types of players United could attract if Radrizzani is able to strike a deal with Peter Lim.