'It could be massive' - Whelan suggests a full Leeds takeover is on the cards


Noel Whelan has suggested a full Leeds United takeover is on the cards amid top-level talks in the Middle East this week.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-United striker and lifelong fan is certain owner Andrea Radrizzani wants to sell his remaining 75 per cent stake in the club to the Qatari owner of Paris Saint-Germain.

French publication L’Equipe and the New York Times revealed on Monday that PSG owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi has held talks with Radrizzani in Doha about buying a stake in the Yorkshire giants.

Subsequent reports in England have stated that the Italian businessman is only willing to hand over a minor shareholding, but Whelan is unconvinced.

“I’m sure Mr Radrizzani would want a complete takeover,” Whelan told Football Insider. “He has been reluctant to spend and has said he doesn’t want to sell percentages of the club.

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“Maybe he is trying to push for a full sale. He is keeping his cards close to his chest, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there is a full takeover. 

“If Qatar really want Leeds, they have to pay the chairman’s valuation. They have to make it worth his while and worth it for the club.”

Whelan is in no doubt about the potential of a club that will embark next season on its 16th consecutive campaign outside of the top flight.

“Leeds is a very attractive club,” he added. “It has a great history, a huge fanbase and everything is there to make the club massive again.

“It is going to need big investment. I’m not sure we will achieve what we want, which is promotion to the Premier League, from loan signings and free transfers.

“The possibility of billionaires taking over he club would change everything. It could be massive.”

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