EXCLUSIVE: The San Francisco 49ers’ takeover of Leeds United could face opposition from a Middle Eastern buyer… despite a deal in place for the NFL franchise to take full control starting in January 2024
- San Francisco 49ers could face opposition in takeover of Leeds United
- There is an agreement for the NFL franchise to take full control in 2024
- The deal is believed to be contingent on Leeds staying in the Premier League.
- An anonymous party has shown surprising interest in stealing a gear from the 49ers.
The San Francisco 49ers’ takeover of Leeds United could face opposition from a Middle Eastern buyer, Sportsmail understands.
An agreement is in place for the NFL franchise, which already owns 44 percent of the club, to take full control beginning in January 2024.
That deal is believed to be contingent on Leeds staying in the Premier League and is widely seen, if that was the case, as a formality.
However, sources have revealed that an as-yet-unnamed third party has shown keen interest in stealing the lead from the 49ers and taking over Elland Road.
In what is an intriguing situation, it remains to be seen if the Middle East-based group will make a serious offer. In fact, his interest is known to be in the “very early” stages.
But the news is likely to come as a surprise to the 49ers, who have been increasingly influential behind the scenes.
The US franchise’s investment arm, 49ers Enterprises, has shaken hands with owner Andrea Radrizzani on an option believed to be worth more than £400m, which includes the Elland Road property.
But there is nothing stopping a third party from entering the race, and now all eyes will be on whether that will be the case.
Radrizzani was recently in Qatar during the World Cup. With the American Jesse Marsch, his team is currently in 14th place, two points above the relegation zone.