Leeds United could be handed a significant transfer boost if Andrea Radrizzani buys a new European club, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds striker and lifelong fan at Elland Road, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the Whites would be able to utilise an off-field partnership to develop players and possibly even make new signings of their own.

As reported by journalist Nicolo Schira via Italian news outlet TuttoC, Radrizzani has made “exploratory contact” over a potential takeover at the Serie C outfit.

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It is said the Whites’ owner has been in touch with Bari and Genoa in the past as he looks for another footballing project back in his homeland.

Radrizzani has made no secret of his plans to expand the portfolio of clubs he has connections in and confirmed at a Financial Times summit earlier this week, as quoted by Leeds Live, he was considering a new investment via his Aser Ventures investment group.

Football Finance expert Kieran Maguire explained how a takeover at Palermo could help Leeds bypass the new post-Brexit transfer rules for EU signings.

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Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: Mr Radrizzani is obviously seeing an opportunity there and it’s not going to be detrimental in any way, shape or form to Leeds United.

“If anything it gives you more options, players coming in, players that can go out on loan there as well, younger players to get the experience and it’s a business opportunity for a businessman.

“He’s seen something there that he can use and have in his repertoire. It doesn’t make any difference, if anything it gives us a bit more leeway of getting younger players out there to get some experience and it might work well for us.

“People don’t enter into business without looking at certain things that are going to benefit them as well – that’s just not good business. When you look at it with Leeds United, I think absolutely you could benefit and the players there.” 

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