Sunday May 26 2019
Leeds chief to buy Genoa?

It’s reported Qatar Sports Investments are in talks to purchase Leeds United rather than Roma, whose owner Andrea Radrizzani could then buy Genoa.

This summer there will be more than simple player transfers in a rumour merry-go-round, as several clubs around Europe’s big five leagues are changing hands.

Roma President James Pallotta denied claims he had met with QSI officials and it seems he was right, because the Financial Times suggests they are instead in advanced negotiations to buy up English Championship club Leeds United.

Sources in France point to this story having far more credibility than the one linking Paris Saint-Germain owners QSI with Roma.

In turn, current Leeds United patron Radrizzani is ready to pack up his English investment and move back to Italy by completing a takeover of Genoa, according to Italian reporter Matteo Pedrosi.

This would largely depend on whether Genoa can secure their Serie A status, as they go into the final round of the season in the relegation zone.

Genoa President Enrico Preziosi announced last week that he was putting the club up for sale after months of intense protests from the fans.

There is an ulterior reason, as it'd help establish a network of clubs - similar to the deal Udinese have with Watford and until recently with Granada in Spain - allowing them to exchange various players between them on loan or for a tiny fee to bypass Financial Fair Play regulations.

Meanwhile, Fiorentina – who also risk relegation in the last day of the campaign – are on the verge of a takeover by New York Cosmos owner and cable company billionaire Rocco Commisso.

The New York Times insist a deal has been struck for $150m (approximately €135m) and could be announced on Monday.

Again, this would depend on the Viola staying in the top flight.

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