There is currently a slight issue in Italy regarding Salernitana’s promotion to Serie A, as they are owned by Claudio Lotito.
The Italian businessman already owns Lazio, and with the rules set by the FIGC (Italian Federation) that you cannot own two clubs in the same league, something needs to change, such as him selling the club.
That’s where Leeds United’s Andrea Radrizzani comes in, as the Premier League club owner has been looking for an investment opportunity in his home country, preferably in a club in the top flight.
There was talk he could make a move for the historical Palermo, but that never materialised, while there have also been other reported attempts to acquire other clubs.
The Salernitana issue is an ideal door opening for the Leeds owner, as Lotito was given until June 25th to sort out his stake in the club.
With nine days remaining, the clock is ticking, and the Lazio chairman has two options on the table, according to Cronache di Salerno.
The first is Andrea Radrizzani, who ‘yesterday announced that he is ready to further raise the offer, reaching a figure close to €60m’.
The other is a ‘businessman of Salerno origins’ called Andrea Lombardi, who ‘yesterday had contact with Lotito’s lawyers’.
An issue all this is the time in which a deal can be completed before the date set by the FIGC, with many questions left to be answered.
Either way, the Leeds owner is seemingly all in on this one, and he could finally get the Italian club he’s always dreamed about.