Bridge to a Chinese Leeds United takeover?

Revie Stand, Elland Road. Leeds United v Accrington Stanley, League Cup 2014

Is the latest interest in Leeds the step to an even bigger consortium?

Revie Stand, Elland Road. Leeds United v Accrington Stanley, League Cup 2014Revie Stand, Elland Road. Leeds United v Accrington Stanley, League Cup 2014

Leeds United fans were dealt a surprise on Thursday as The BBC reported Italian businessman Andrea Razzanani is in talks to buy a 'major stake' in the club.

The Whites are currently owned by controversial Italian Massimo Cellino, who is more known for sacking managers than presiding over on pitch success.

Leeds United owner Massimo CellinoLeeds United owner Massimo Cellino

What makes Razzanani particularly interesting as a potential investor is his track record of leading a buyout of Inter Milan, for Chinese consortium Suning Group International.

Football Italia reported how in June this year Razzanani hailed the group's takeover of Inter, describing him as Suning Group International's Italian advisor.

It is unclear if Suning are behind Razzanani's credited interest in Leeds, but it would also be shrewd on Suning's part - or another group investors - to use him to negotiate with compatriot Massimo Cellino.

A general view of Inter Milan fansA general view of Inter Milan fans

Razzanani said at the time: "I recommended to my friends at Suning that if they wanted to get into football, they’d have to do it in a certain way, with the majority of shares, especially if it was with a club who were an important brand and a complex business like Inter."

Interest from China in Leeds surfaced in late July, with The Mirror reporting how Leeds based businessman Steve Tappin, has been arranging meetings with Chinese investors to discuss a buyout of the club.

Chinese consortiums have this summer bought majority stakes in three English clubs, Aston Villa, West Bromwich Albion, and Wolverhampton Wanderers. 

General view of a protest against Leeds owner Massimo Cellino before the matchGeneral view of a protest against Leeds owner Massimo Cellino before the match

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