By Max Hunter
Controversial Leeds United Owner Andrea Radrizzani hits the news again as he beats Sky Sports to broadcast Spain’s La Liga in the UK and Ireland with his own sports media company Eleven Sports. It will be the first time in 20 years that La Liga will not be shown on Sky.
This is a huge scalp for Eleven Sports as it will be the first time they enter the UK market.
But the question on most Leeds fans is, what does this mean for our transfer budget?
Fans are left wondering how Radrizzani can afford to outbid the £18 million bid from TV giants Sky but refused to splash the cash on new players in January. Are Leeds fans set to be put through the mill of another new owner if Radrizzani looks to offload Leeds by setting links up with Spain, it would be a very intriguing club for a Spanish based future owner if an offer came from a Spanish based businessman/woman.
Others are wondering what does this mean for future transfers, is it likely that the future crop of Leeds United stars are going to be Spanish based players. Which arguably would not be a bad thing for the squad. We know Spanish players are up there with the most technical players in the world. Also, summer signing Samuel Saiz was signed from Spanish second division side Sociedad Deportiva Huesca and Saiz has been one of the most threatening looking players for Leeds this season. So picking up more little gems under the radar can only be good for Leeds. But then it can be argued with an influx of Spanish players fans would lose identity with the club without local lads representing the fans out on the Elland Road pitch.
One fan on twitter wrote “A richer more successful Radz makes a richer Leeds.” This potentially could work further down the line in Leeds’s future as they are rumoured to still be paying for former players contracts.
People saying this Radz deal won’t effect Leeds at all which is crazy … a richer more successful Radz makes for a richer Leeds #lufc
— Ty (@NOHSPUT) May 2, 2018
If you are sat there thinking surely this is a conflict of interests or isn’t this illegal spending money from the club on something else? You are wrong. Leeds United and Eleven Sports are two separate entities and this will unlikely change the day to day running of Leeds United.