A report from Italian outlet Il Secolo XIX says Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani is set to make a move for Serie A side Sampdoria after cooling interest in Inter Milan – despite La Doria already being relegated to the second tier.
Radrizzani is expected to sell his 56% majority stake in Leeds this summer to the 49ers at some point. Survival is likely to see an immediate sale, at top dollar. But, relegation leaves things in the unknown. We are two points adrift.
But it is widely believed that given the 49ers already have a 44% stake in Leeds, that they would continue to up that percentage – and might even decide to buy the club at a cheaper price in the Championship. If, Radrizzani is willing.
Bloomberg initially reported that Radrizzani was eyeing an ambitious move to buy Champions League semi-finalists Inter, for a whopping £883million. But, further reports from Inter Live state that his interest in Inter had cooled.
Leeds owner Radrizzani set to make move for relegated Sampdoria
Now, it is claimed that he is in the race to buy Sampdoria. A club who still have Ronaldo Vieira on their books, but he is on loan at Torino. Harry Winks is also at Sampdoria, on loan from Spurs. Sampdoria would be cheaper to buy.
But, they have been relegated. The report states that Radrizzani is yet to make an offer but there is a race against time in order to do so, with a shareholders meeting taking place in 13 days. An offer is needed on the table before.
So, it appears that Radrizzani is planning for his future and while it is not Inter, it looks as if he has interest in buying an Italian side. That might suggest that the 49ers have given him assurances that they will buy Leeds this summer.