On Monday, we covered growing claims from Italy that Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani and his business partner Matteo Manfredi had put together a consortium with the hope of buying Genoa.
The Leeds chief has made no secret of his desire to add to his football portfolio, and recent promotion success, with all the financial benefits that brings, will have only encouraged him to do so.
Things have moved very quickly, and it would appear an offer has been made, one which doesn’t please those currently in charge of the Serie A club.
Genoa president Enrico Preziosi has spoken to the Italian media about the approach and made it clear he’s annoyed by what’s been going on. Gazzetta dello Sport quote him as saying: “These are bar jokes, they are not serious offers. What does it mean to take on debt and then maybe invest later? This is not for the good of Genoa.”
Preziosi has not been impressed at the way the approach has been made, and he further went on to say: “The offer was announced to me and the news was immediately made public, even before I could make an assessment. I invite these gentlemen to make their offer public, so people can get an idea. But I have the impression that they will not do it. I’m hard at work for the new season. And Genoa at this moment just needs serenity, not useless confusion.”
Gazzetta don’t believe this is the final word on the matter, with the suggestion further approaches could be made by the group. They end their article by asking: ‘Can the presence of Radrizzani in this perspective be linked to a disengagement from Leeds?’
Leeds United fans will probably hope not, unless any prospective buyers are very attractive. The Premier League club doesn’t need uncertainty right now given they’re about to start their adventure back in the big time.
Gazzetta may be wrong to question Radrizzani’s Leeds United future, given he went public on his desire to add to his football portfolio, rather than swap one club for another.