By Harry Sykes
Andrea Radrizzani is on the verge of completing a full takeover of Leeds United that will bring to an end Massimo Cellino’s spell at the club.
Manager Garry Monk became the first Leeds figure to publicly confirm that Radrizzani would soon be in sole control of the Championship club.
Monk explained in the aftermath of the club’s final Championship match of the season on Sunday – a 1-1 draw at Wigan – that Radrizzani’s buy-out of fellow owner Cellino is “imminent”.
As quoted by the personal Twitter account of Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay, Monk thanked Cellino for appointing him last summer and said his relations with the controversial 60-year-old had been solid.
Monk said a Radrizzani’s buy-out of Cellino is “imminent”. But he thanked Cellino and said he’d had no problem with him this season.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) May 7, 2017
The Sun claimed last week that the two Italians had agreed a multi-million pound deal which will enable Radrizzani to take full control at Elland Road.
The deal means that Cellinio will step aside with immediate effect following three-and-a-half years at Elland Road marked by controversy, court cases and run-ins with supporters and the football authorities.
Radrizzani has taken advantage of an option inserted into the December deal in which he bought a half-share of Leeds that allowed him to complete a full buy-out at a set price before June if promotion was not secured.
Monk’s team lost out on place in the play-offs after a wretched run of results meant an uplifting campaign ended with a seventh-place finish.
In other Leeds United news, it can be exclusively revealed that the club registered a new signing last month.