By Alex Stevens
The Leeds takeover saga has taken a new twist amid a report that Massimo Cellino does not want to sell the club.
Italian site Transfer Market Web claim Elland Road owner Cellino wants to keep control of the club despite widespread reports that he wants to return to his native Italy and become a shareholder in Serie B club Brescia.
It said that Cellino’s interest in buying a stake in Brescia is “beginning to fade” and that his departure from the Championship club is not imminent.
The TMW report appears to suggest that Leeds’ takeover talks with Italian businessman Andrea Radrizzani have hit a snag.
The Sun claimed a forthnight ago that the proposed sale of the Yorkshire giants to the sports mogul could be completed within the next few weeks.
Cellino has been photographed with Radrizzani this season as speculation grows that the tycoon could buy a stake in the Yorkshire giants.
It had been reported that by the Yorkshire Evening Post that there has been a fall-out between the two Italians to pour cold water on the possibility of a takeover.
But BBC Sport editor Dan Roan claimed on his personal Twitter account last month in an exchange with a Leeds supporter and a fellow journalist that the apparent disagreement was “merely a bump” and that talks were still ongoing between the parties.
Radrizzani was pictured with Cellino at two matches in August, a pre-season friendly win over Atalanta and a Championship opening-day defeat to QPR.
The Italian, who owns a sports broadcasting company called MP & Silva that in May was valued at £685million by Reuters, subsequently claimed the talks produced “nothing concrete” and involved a “simple conversation” to increase his understanding of the club.
Former Cagliari owner Cellino bought the Yorkshire club in January 2014, and has sacked six managers during his controversial two and a half year tenure.
The Italian has been embroiled in a number of scandals that have left him close to dismissal by the Football League, including almost being disqualified over an issue regarding tax legislation which was later overturned in May 2016.
In other Leeds news, the club are closing in on a £3.6million January signing.