By Andy Sambidge
Sheikh named as key figure among Middle East investors keen to buy English football club
A member of the Bahraini royal family has been named as a key figure among Middle East investors keen to take over English football club Leeds United.
Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Mubarak Al-Khalifa, the man who led a failed takeover of Leeds United in 2003, is reportedly part of a consortium close to completing a deal for Championship side Leeds.
Al-Khalifa, a member of Bahrain’s ruling dynasty, was part of a consortium including representatives from Saudi Arabia and Asia who failed to push through a takeover deal just under a decade ago, the Yorkshire Post reported.
And according to Bahraini newspaper Gulf Weekly, friends of the Sheikh, a life-long Leeds fan, said he was currently visiting Europe and was unavailable to comment.
A successful takeover would follow hot on the heels of Nottingham Forest’s sale to the Al Hasawi family from Kuwait.
Leeds said in a statement: “Leeds United can confirm they have granted an exclusivity period to enable a potential investor to carry out the appropriate due diligence.
“It is anticipated this will be a fairly straightforward process. A confidentiality clause prevents the club from making any further comment."
The statement did not mention the value of the potential deal or names of anyone involved.For all the latest sports news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
Its about time someone took a punt on this sleeping giant and put LUFC back where it belongs, the Premiership. I once joked with the King of Jordan about setting up a business consortium to save Leeds, I was prepared to put a couple of grand on the table in the hope that he would provide millions. Unfortunately he told me to go forth and multiply because he followed Tottenham!!!!
Yes, it's the biggest single team city in the country with a massive catchment area and fan base... a bigger team than Manchester City... it's ripe for investment and early success if only Ken Bates wasn't impossible to deal with!