By Kieran Maguire

27th May, 2022 | 3:11pm

Kieran Maguire issues '£250m' Leeds claim as 49ers to sanction summer investment

Leeds United are worth approximately £250million as a business investment.

That is the view of finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the San Francisco 49ers’ ambitions at Elland Road.

The NFL franchise have been steadily increasing their stakeholding in Leeds since May 2018 and now own 44 per cent of the club.

The Telegraph reported on Tuesday (24 May) that they are now keen to buy Andre Radrizzani’s remaining equity and take full control this summer.

Relegation would have severely impacted the value of a takeover, but Leeds secured their top-flight status in dramatic fashion on the final day of the season.

And Maguire claims that any full buyout would likely value the West Yorkshire giants at £250m.

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“All Leeds fans will be delighted the club has maintained its Premier League position,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

“If we use Newcastle as a benchmark, Leeds is probably not that far behind. I would expect upwards of £250m in terms of their valuation.

“It’s a one-club city and there is scope for future growth, certainly in terms of the stadium.

“The challenge for Leeds is breaking into the elite. That is becoming more and more expensive to achieve. You have to spend upfront before you get the return on that investment.”

Leeds posted a £22.8m profit for the Covid-hit 2020-21 season.

They were one of the only Premier League sides to announce a surplus for the campaign.

In other news, Danny Mills suggests Leeds United may be forced to accept “£40m” Raphinha bid after source’s reveal.