Report suggests concern Red Bull had over possible Leeds United takeover

General view inside the stadium before the game

The drinks company have been linked with a takeover of Leeds United for a long time now.

A report in the Daily Mail has suggested that despite their longstanding interest, Red Bull had one major concern that has seemingly put them off attempting a takeover of Leeds United.

The Daily Mirror reported back in April 2015 that the drinks company were in advanced talks to add the Championship side to their portfolio of clubs in a deal worth £60m.

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However, the deal clearly never came to fruition, and it appears that Red Bull - who control teams in Germany, America, Brazil and Austria - have now given up trying to acquire Leeds as Sky Sports reported on Thursday that they are not looking at any English club.

And the Mail appears to have an explanation as to why their interest has now cooled. The Mail reports that Red Bull are worried about the conflicts of interests that would arise if Leeds qualified for a European competition in future.

Leeds owner Massimo CellinoLeeds owner Massimo Cellino was reportedly previously in advanced talks with the company

With RB Leipzig making a brilliant start to the season in the Bundesliga - they sit level on points with Bayern Munich - it seems highly likely that they will book their place in Europe for next season.

And given the rate with which they have progressed, it would surprise no one if they continue battling near the table's summit for many years to come, so continually find themselves qualifying for either the Champions League or Europa League.

A general view of the Billy Bremner statue outside Elland Road before the match - Leeds United

And while Leeds' current place in the second tier means that they are a considerable way off beginning to even think about trying to get into Europe, Red Bull clearly felt that under their ownership, United had the potential to put themselves on the continental radar once again. 

That would pose a problem - especially as Red Bull Salzburg also frequently find themselves in contention for Europe - as clubs run by the same owners are not permitted to feature in the same European competition (via Independent). 

So while some may reflect on Red Bulll's reluctance to get involved as a disappointment given the turbulent tenure of Massimo Cellino, others may be delighted that they look set to avoid the rebranding that has become common amongst clubs owned by Red Bull and they will also be pleased that the company are anticipating that Leeds' future on the pitch could be very bright indeed. 

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