BBC Radio reported that the takeover would apply to both Leeds United FC itself and Island Road Stadium from January 2024. If there is a change of ownership, Leeds United will go into the hands of 49ers Enterprises, the American company that owns the five-time Super Bowl winner (NFL Champion), San Francisco 49ers.
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British media learned that the acquisition deal 100 percent. Shares in Leeds United could cost more than 500 million pounds, which is more than 600 million euros (more than 2.5 billion PLN). Currently, the club’s largest shareholder is Andrea Radrizzani, which means his company Aser Ventures has the option to cancel the acquisition.
Both entities are already collaborating with each other, because 49ers Enterprises bought 10 percent. Shares in Leeds United in 2018. In November of this year, those shares had risen to 44 per cent. No agreement on the complete purchase of the club will have to end the cooperation between the Americans and the Italians.
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Andrea Radrizzani bought Leeds United in two installments. Half was paid in January 2017, when he became the owner of 50 percent. Club posts. Another segment was added to the account of the former partner, Massima Cellino, in May 2017. A month later, Radriazzani bought Ellan Road. The deal was the responsibility of his company, Greenfield Investment, based in Singapore. Notably, the stadium was returned to the club’s owner after 13 years, when Leeds were forced to sell the facility due to financial problems after being relegated to a lower league.
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Paraag Marathe – 49ers Enterprises president and vice president of Leeds United – confirmed in May 2021 that fans of their favorite club could trust the company’s intentions. The activist emphasized that he wanted to make Leeds United one of the “biggest clubs in the world”. One of his plans is to modernize the stadium and increase its capacity.
The media reports that the contract to buy 100 percent. of equity by a US company depends on a number of factors, including spending and the club’s status in the Premier League. Currently, Leeds United are 15th in the table with 16 points. The team is still waiting for form to stabilize, which may allow it to move up to ninth or better in the final standings, as was the case last season.
We would like to remind you that Mateusz Klic, the Polish actor, has been at Leeds United since 2017. The midfielder is one of the key players that coach Marcelo Bielsa plays. The Pole was also one of the champions to celebrate promotion from the Championship to the Premier League in the 2019/20 season. Klic has played 155 games so far, scoring 22 goals and scoring 20 assists. The player’s current contract expires in 2024.