Reports are rife that the owners of Ligue 1 outfit Paris Saint-Germain are close to taking over at Leeds United. Qatari Sports Investment (QSI) want to invest in the Championship club who are in the running for a return to the Premier League after being relegated in 2004.
Discussions between QSI and Leeds have been ongoing even before the summer. Although no agreement has been reached, reports suggest that recent talks have been positive.
Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani is also attracting interest from two other parties, but his close relationship with PSG chief Nasser al-Khelaifi puts the latter in pole position to land a deal.
Regardless, there are still uncertainties over Brexit and this is one difficulty which is believed to have delayed the takeover thus far. Meanwhile, Radrizzani has eyes on the best deal for him having paid close to £40million to enable him to assume full control at Elland Road in May 2017.
QSI are believed to have had their eyes on another Championship side, Queens Park Rangers, but opted for Leeds as they supposedly offer a better opportunity. The Elland Road outfit’s improved chances of returning to the Premier League offer a better proposition.
Leeds are currently third on the Championship log under Marcelo Bielsa, just two points adrift of table-toppers West Bromwich Albion. It can be recalled that a slump in form towards the latter stages of last season saw them slip into the play-offs where they were beaten by Derby County over two legs.