Leeds United could be at the mercy of Uefa if both they and Inter Milan qualify for Europe after a mooted Andrea Radrizzani takeover.
That is according to finance guru and Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively after Radrizzani announced his interest in buying Inter.
Speaking to Italian outlet La Repubblica, the 46-year-old said “an interest exists” when asked about a potential Inter buyout.
The Milan-born entrepreneur has not been shy about declaring his ambition to turn Leeds into a top-six side.
But conflict of interest rules could prove a stumbling block if Leeds and Inter qualify for the same European competition under Radrizzani-led regimes.
Maguire used the example of the Red Bull football empire to illustrate the challenges Leeds may face in the future.
“I think they could both play in the same competition,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“What would happen if they ever draw each other could be a complication. I’m not sure about that.
“Take a look at RB Leipzig and Red Bull Salzburg. They ended up playing in the same group stages.
“RB managed to convince Uefa that there was no connection between the clubs, which I found slightly unusual.
“What it would be incumbent on would be for Leeds United and Inter Milan to show Uefa that there is a sufficient divide in terms of the way that the clubs are run. That would be the challenge.”
Radrizzani’s Leeds are currently 9th in the Premier League with four games remaining.