Silly season is well and truly underway, from Qatar to Totti
25 Jun 2019 04:00pm, by YorkshireSquare
Summer is always silly season, especially these days with so many different news outlets and social media sites craving stories 24x7 and the last six weeks has been no exception for Leeds United. First came the Financial Times are reporting Qatar Sports Investments, a state-backed group which controls France’s Paris Saint-Germain, had been in discussions with Radrizzani recently regarding an investment in Leeds United. Qatar are keen to make an entry into English football and Leeds United appeared to be their preferred choice.
The story grew some legs in the media for a while and was widely reported at the start of June but it appears to have gone quiet in recent weeks. Radrizzani and Leeds United have refused to comment on the QSI speculation publicly though he had indicated privately he does not want to sell the club outright at this current time. Perhaps QSI have moved onto other opportunities which leaves the media scrambling for another Leeds United story to get stuck into. Perhaps even more bizarrely we now have the rumours of Italian legends Gianluigi Buffon and Francesco Totti making the move to Elland Road.
Forty-one year old goalkeeper Buffon is undoubtedly a legend of the game with over 500 appearances for Juventus and 176 appearances for Italy to his name. After 17 years at Juventus he made the switch to QSI owned Paris Saint-Germain last summer however he only made 17 league appearances, sharing keeping duties with Alphonse Areola and has announced he will leave the French club after only one season. With 16 club titles and a World Cup to his name he is undoubtedly experienced and perhaps Marcelo Bielsa is looking for an experienced head after Kiko Casilla’s wild display in the play-off second leg.
As if the Buffon rumours weren’t crazy enough a shock move to bring Francesco Totti out of retirement have now emerged in the press. Totti notched up 619 career appearance and 250 goals for Roma and wore the blue of the Azzurri 58 times winning five club trophies and a World cup in the process. Traditionally a ‘number 10’ he moved up front as a lone striker for the middle part of his Roma career. Totti played his last game for Roma on 28th May 2017 and has since taken up a backroom role at the club but has not been happy with the clubs American owners.
But could the forty-two year old be offered the chance for one final swansong by Leeds Italian chairman Andrea Radrizzani? Former Italy international Marco Borriello, who reportedly spent time with Totti this summer, was quoted by TMW saying:
I know that a great leader of an English team has made him a proposal to go back to playing football.
Radrizzani of Leeds? I don’t know.
Fox Italia and Tutto Roma followed up Borriello’s claim by confirming Leeds are the club to have approached Totti. So could Leeds be starting the next Championship campaign with Buffon at the back and Totti in attack?