Date: 5th July 2019 at 1:45pm
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EXCLUSIVE

Noel Whelan says that Andrea Radrizzani has dropped a clear hint there is no prospect of an imminent takeover at Leeds United – by selling Jack Clarke and Aapo Halme.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Elland Road star and lifelong fan says it looks as though the Italian owner is going about his business in the boardroom as normal and that things would change if there was the potential of new investors coming in any time soon.

Leeds saw both winger Clarke and centre back Halme depart the club on permanent deals to Tottenham and Barnsley respectively over the past couple of days, although the former of the pair has rejoined Marcelo Bielsa’s squad on a season-long loan.

Whelan has noted reports in France of a potential deal between Radrizzani and Qatari Sports Investments (QSI), but his transfer window conduct suggests nothing is close to being completed.

He told Football Insider: “It looks like Mr Radrizzani has gone about his business as normal, no change in his attitude. If that was the case, and they were rumoured of taking over imminently, then players wouldn’t be sold. 

“They’d (new investors) would want the option of whether to keep them or not and it doesn’t seem to me that they’d need to sell players if they’ve got that much money.

“It’s just whispers at the minute and Mr Radrizzani just seems to be going on about his business as normal and no intrusion from outside of that either. If it does materialise then fantastic, we become a billionaire club again! We’ll buy our way out, but at the minute it seems we need to sell before we can buy.”

Radrizzani has been in charge of Leeds since 2017, originally joining as an investor alongside Massimo Cellino before buying his fellow Italian out and becoming the chairman at Elland Road.

His first season in charge was a tumultuous one, Leeds eventually finishing 13th in the Championship, while his second took them to the play-off semi-finals under Marcelo Bielsa.

In other Leeds United news, it can be REVEALED that one player is set to leave Elland Road in a matter of days as a fee is almost agreed.