When Qatar Sports Investments took over Paris Saint-Germain in 2011, they fundamentally changed the club. Everything got bigger, from the endorsement deals to the players, and today, they’re one of the biggest teams in the world. If recent reports are accurate, another club could soon benefit from a large cash infusion from Qatar.
According to The Times, Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani is considering three offers to help raise funds to make the club more competitive and on the level of a Manchester City.
“The option of Qatar Sports Investment and Nasser [Al-Khelaifi] – first of all they are friends, we have had a good relationship for a long time,” Radrizzani said.
This isn’t the first time we heard that QSI was interested in Leeds. Back in May of 2019, the Financial Times reported that Leeds would be Qatar’s way of getting into English football. At the time, it was thought that QSI was one of six potential investors and apparently, they’ve made it to the final three if The Times report is to be believed.
Leeds currently sits in fifth place in the EFL Championship and will be looking for promotion to the Premier League for next season. If they were able to accomplish that goal, an investment would make sense as Leeds could target top-tier talent to come to the Premier League to compete.
This deal likely wouldn’t have much impact on Paris Saint-Germain. QSI is a state-backed group with no shortage of funds. PSG is well-established so while Leeds could attract some talented footballers, they’re likely to be at a level below what PSG would recruit given their UEFA Champions League expectations.
Still, if you’re a PSG fan looking for an English team to support, Leeds could soon fill that void.
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