By Kieran Maguire

18th Jul, 2021 | 8:30pm

Kieran Maguire details Radrizzani's Leeds master plan as £43m reported bid rejected

Andrea Radrizzani’s master plan is to keep Leeds United as the “mothership” in his desired multi-club empire.

That is according to finance boffin Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the Leeds owner’s aspirations to take over Salernitana.

Italian outlet Tutto Salernitana (via Leeds Live on 13th July) reported that Radrizzani saw a £43million bid for the newly-promoted Serie A side rejected.

Conflict of interest regulations mean the club has been placed in the hands of a trust and is consequently paralysed in the transfer market.

But Maguire claims Radrizzani will not be overly concerned about the club’s preparedness as it gears up for its first top-flight campaign in 24 years.

“The main benefit for Radrizzani is having a club in Italy,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.

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“The division to a large extent doesn’t actually matter that much because Leeds will always be the mothership.

“As long as you have a club in which players can be parked in Europe before potentially getting them a GBE to come to England if they prove to be successful, it’s not critical that they are in Serie A.

“It does reduce the slight problem that could exist if Salernitana do get into European competition and end up playing against Leeds.

“The cliff edge that is between the Premier League and the Championship isn’t there in Italy. It’s not the same chasm.”

Maguire told this site in February of the myriad benefits of Radrizzani’s multi-club plans.

Recruitment and overcoming logistical challenges caused by the UK’s exit from the European Union are among the key advantages.

In other news, ex-Premier League star reacts as Leeds United pull plug on £10m target as two new targets lined up.