'What a time to be a Leeds fan' - Supporters react as £10.5m deal reportedly close with Italian club
By Harry Sykes
Massimo Cellino is reportedly on the verge of buying Brescia in a deal worth £10.5million – and Leeds fans on Twitter are mostly pleased to see the back of the controversial joint-owner.
Italian business publication Calcio Finanza claim Cellino is close to buying a controlling stake in the Serie B club.
It is said that the businessman, 60, has offered £4.2million for a 60 per cent holding in the Italian outfit as well as to take on their £6.3million of debts.
Calcio Finanza report that Cellino is ready to press the trigger on a deal worth £10.5million in total and that he could become the new president of Brescia in the “coming weeks”.
With the current ownership of the 16th-placed second-tier club ready to sell, it appears Cellino is set to swap one club for another in close succession.
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Leeds supporters are keen to see the back of the co-owner, who has attracted unwelcome publicity for one of English football’s most storied clubs during his three-and-a-half years at the helm.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— Ryan (@LeedsUtdRyan) May 9, 2017
I want to see Cellino stay. Helped and invested into the team, don’t think Monk is the one to take us forward, Nigel Adkins for me #LUFC
— ‘ (@PontusJxnsson) May 9, 2017
— Leeds, etc. (@Leedsetc) March 10, 2017
— Leeds, etc. (@Leedsetc) May 9, 2017
— Terry O’ Brien (@tobtipp) May 10, 2017
bye bye cellino baby bye bye
— shreck 7 (@catweasle7) May 9, 2017
Cellino has been strongly linked with buying the Sere B outfit this season despite official denials and it appears that a deal is now close as Andrea Radrizzani prepares to take full control at Elland Road.
At the weekend, manager Garry Monk became the first Leeds figure to publicly confirm that Radrizzani would soon be in sole control of the Championship club.
The Sun claimed last week that the two Italians had agreed a multi-million pound deal which will enable Radrizzani to buy out Cellino’s half-share in the Yorkshire club.
In other Leeds United transfer news, it can be exclusively revealed that the club registered a new signing last month.