PSG owners 'in advanced talks to acquire Sampdoria' with Leeds chief
Paris Saint-Germain’s Qatari owners ‘are in advanced talks to acquire relegated Serie A outfit Sampdoria in partnership with Leeds chief Andrea Radrizzani’… and they ‘could look to invest in the Premier League side in the future’
- Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani was in Italy to complete Sampdoria takeover
- Reports have claimed he is teaming up with PSG’s Qatari owners for the club
- It’s claimed the PSG owners might also one day be willing to invest in Leeds
Paris Saint-Germain owners Qatari Sports Investments are reportedly in advanced negotiations to complete the takeover of Sampdoria – in a partnership with Leeds chairman Andrea Radrizzani.
Mail Sport reported earlier this week that the Leeds owner was in Italy to try and complete the takeover of the Italian outfit who have recently been relegated from Serie A.
French publication L’Equipe have now claimed that QSI are in advanced negotiations to acquire Sampdoria in partnership with Radrizzani’s ASER Ventures.
The move would see Radrizzani take majority control of the club, with QSI attaining a minority investment.
It also claims that QSI ‘could be willing in the medium and long-term’ to invest in Leeds – who are hoping to avoid relegation like Sampdoria this weekend.
Paris Saint-Germain’s Qatari owners are in advanced talks to complete a takeover of Italian outfit Sampdoria in partnership with Leeds chairman Andrea Radrizzani (right)
They would acquire the Italian outfit who have recently been relegated to Serie A
A stake in Sampdoria would be similar to the deal struck in November last year to acquire a minority stake in Portuguese outfit Braga.
QSI are also believed to be discussing an acquisition of Spanish side Malaga and a minority stake in Brazil outfit Santos as they look to build up their portfolio.
However, the Radrizzani and QSI bid for Sampdoria from current owner Massimo Ferrero faces competition from one other ‘serious competitor’ – though their identity has not been revealed.
Radrizzani was in Italy on Monday to try and help complete the takeover of Sampdoria.
Radrizzani is part of asset management fund Gestio Capital, who have lodged a bid to save Sampdoria from financial oblivion after they were relegated from Serie A.
The Italian media mogul was seen arriving at the crisis club’s training ground in Genoa on Sunday and answered ‘Let’s hope, fingers crossed’ when asked by local reporters if he was going to buy them.
Despite talks that QSI could look to invest in Leeds in the future, Elland Road chief Radrizzani has a deal in place to sell his majority stake to the 49ers Enterprises – but only if they stay in the Premier League.
Relegation complicates matters but the NFL franchise – who already own a 44 per cent stake – are understood to be keen on taking full control of the Whites even if they go down on Sunday.
Leeds are on brink of relegation from the Premier League after Sunday’s defeat to West Ham
That would require Radrizzani having to agree to sell at a far lower price, with the valuation of Leeds plummeting from around £420million to £150m if they drop divisions.
However, his interest in Sampdoria suggests he could be preparing to exit Elland Road, even though rules allow him to control both clubs.
Leeds are left needing a near miracle to avoid relegation this weekend.
They need to beat Tottenham at Elland Road, and hope Everton lose to Bournemouth and Leicester take no more than a point from their clash with West Ham – given the Foxes’ superior goal difference advantage to Leeds.
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