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Leeds United will not be able to experience the benefits of the proposed San Francisco 49ers should they get relegated in the coming years.
That’s according to Dr Dan Plumley, who claims that Premier League status is paramount for them to make the most of the change of ownership.
In early December, The Athletic reported that NFL franchise San Francisco 49ers have a deal in place to complete a full Leeds United takeover by 2024.
The fee was claimed to be north of £400million and it could even rise to £475million.
Post this, popular owner Andrea Radrizzani would still remain at the club and hold a minority stake.
Explaining this deal, Dr Dan, the Sheffield Hallam University expert, said, “It will be another American owner added to the list in the Premier League.
“It’s not unusual to see Leeds going down this route.
“The supporters are certainly fans of Radrizzani and I don’t know what they think of this deal, but he’ll have left the club in a better place than when he took over and that’s what you want from an owner.
“They really need to retain their Premier League status if they want to get the most of that deal (with 49ers) if it does go through.”
The 49ers currently own a 44 per cent stake in the Elland Road outfit.
They recently increased their investment in the club by 7 per cent in November 2021.