By Kieran Maguire

12th Jun, 2022 | 12:10pm

Kieran Maguire: Leeds United 'in the clear' as Sandro Mencucci deal complete

Leeds United need not worry about Uefa’s conflict of interest laws despite board member Sandro Mencucci’s joint takeover of US Lecce.

That is the view of finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the knock-on effects of the Italian director’s new business venture.

Mencucci was installed on the six-man Leeds board alongside Peter Lowy and Massimo Marinelli in May last year.

As relayed by the Yorkshire Evening Post last Wednesday (1 June), Mencucci has successfully partnered with four other businessmen for the acquisition of newly-promoted Serie A side Lecce.

It is understood that he will take on the role of managing director at the Stadio Via del Mare.

Uefa guidelines currently prohibit clubs under the same ownership umbrella from meeting in competitive action.

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But Maguire suggests that there will be enough separation between Leeds and Lecce for this not to be a problem should the two ever be drawn against each other in Europe.

“If he’s a director as opposed to a shareholder, I’m not sure exactly how the rules apply,” he told Football Insider.

“Ultimately, directors do act on behalf of shareholders. However, Radrizzani has the controlling interest rather than Mencucci.

“So I think Leeds are probably in the clear with this one.”

Mencucci has also previously held a director role at fellow Serie A side Fiorentina.

It is unclear how much will change at board level at Elland Road should the San Francisco 49ers, who currently own a 44 per cent stake, complete a full takeover in the near future.

In other news, Wolves in pole position to sign Liverpool star Takumi Minamino ahead of Leeds United and Fulham.