By Kevin Phillips

28th Jun, 2021 | 1:21pm

Radrizzani may be plotting wave of Leeds loan deals after director's update - Phillips

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani may be looking to take over a new club in order to send young talent out on loan.

That is according to ex-Premier League striker Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Radrizzani’s takeover aspirations.

Quoted by Leeds Live on 25th June, Elland Road director Sandro Mencucci admitted “our proposal is serious” when asked about a Salernitana buyout.

The recently-promoted Serie A club is up for sale due to a conflict of interest with owner Claudio Lotito, who also owns Italian top-flight side Lazio.

The deadline for Lotito to find a new buyer was reported in some quarters to be 25th June.

But finance expert Kieran Maguire told this site on that date that failing to push through a deal by then wouldn’t necessarily end Radrizzani’s interest.

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Phillips claims that the Leeds patron could use an overseas sister club to send youngsters out on loan.

He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “It might affect his ownership at Leeds but we don’t really know at this stage.

“We are not privy to what goes on in the background. It could just be another route to send young players from here over there to play on loan.

“You do see that with clubs that are part-owned somewhere else. Only time will tell.

“He [Radrizzani] has done a great job there so far and they really wouldn’t want to see him leave.”

In other news, former Leeds United star predicts barely-seen youngster will have big role in first XI next season after update.