Leeds United’s potential Qatari takeover: Middle Eastern proxy war moves to Northern England

10 June 2019

Leeds fans at Wembley
Photo: Getty Images The initial talks with Qatar involved a stake sale rumoured to be in the region of 15 per cent, though there could be a provision for a full buyout later on.

Growing stature of Leeds as a media city makes the city interesting.

Qatar’s rivals are already present in English football’s north.

Henrik Lønne loenne@offthepitch.com

There are a number of good reasons why Leeds United might look into a Qatari ownership in the future.

One of them is that the City of Leeds is going through a period of industrial reconfiguration. Several media are reporting that Qatar Sports Investments - the government’s sports and entertainment division - is in advanced talks with Leeds United about either a stake in the club or a full sale.

Qatar's arch adversaries Abu Dhabi already have a significant presence close by, at Manchester City.

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