Clause enables Radrizzani to secure deal next month that will shake Leeds to its foundations - report
By Alex Stevens
Andrea Radrizzani could acquire full control of Leeds United during the summer, according to a report.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim the deal in which the Italian businessman secured a 50 per cent stake in Leeds also enables him to complete a total takeover of the club.
It is said the contract he agreed with fellow owner Massimo Cellino in December includes a clause giving him the right to complete a 100 per cent takeover when this season ends next month.
Cellino has been the majority shareholder of Leeds since buying into the club at the start of 2014, which heralded a series of controversies off the pitch as well as in the dugout.
The 60-year-old is currently serving a 12-month FA ban from all football-related activity for breaching agent regulations in the transfer of Ross McCormack to Fulham.
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Radrizzani is reportedly now in a position to make a momentous change that would have the knock-on effect of shaking the club to its core.
Cellino has ruled Leeds with an iron fist for the last three years and his appointments are all in place in senior positions at the club, including executives as well as the coaching staff led by manager Garry Monk.
Radrizzani made his most significant move yet when it was announced by Leeds on Tuesday that his long-time ally Ivan Bravo, the former Real Madrid strategist, had been added to the club’s board of directors.
In other Leeds United news, it can be exclusively revealed that the club registered a new signing last month.