That’s according to a report by the Daily Mail, who claim that, should Jesse Marsch’s side fail to secure survival on the final day of the Premier League campaign, Radrizzani will likely put his plans to sell to the club to the San Francisco 49ers enterprise on hold, as the Italian would not be able to command anywhere near the reported £475m figure that had previously been stated as Leeds’ price.
In the article, Mike Keegan wrote: “Longer-term projects, such as the expansion of the stadium, may have to be put on the back burner. And plans to sell the club will also take a back seat. Having done the hard work in lifting them out of decades of Football League gloom, Andrea Radrizzani would not be able to command anywhere near the price he would be looking for with the club in the second tier.”
Considering the fact that the 49ers are expected to invest a significant amount of funds into the club upon their proposed takeover of the Whites, in addition to the fact that the Elland Road faithful made their feelings abundantly clear regarding Radrizzani’s position as the owner of the club during the 1-1 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion last time out, the news that a takeover would be put on hold in the event of relegation is sure to have left supporters fuming.
Indeed, many of the Leeds faithful have been frustrated by the lack of investment from the Italian both last summer and in January, and, considering the club’s precarious position towards the bottom of the Premier League table, it is not difficult to understand why, in a recent poll ran on Football FanCast, the vast majority of the Whites’ fanbase revealed they would like for Radrizzani to sell up this summer.
As such, with Jesse Marsch’s side simply having to secure all three points against Brentford this Sunday if they are to have any hope of remaining in the Premier League come 2022/23, it would now appear that it is not only the club’s status on the line but also their long-term ownership – making the crucial trip to west London all the more important.