THE takeover drama at Leeds United has taken an extraordinary twist with prospective new owner Massimo Cellino entering into talks with the Together Leeds consortium about purchasing the club together.
A statement issued by Mike Farnan, who is fronting the Together Leeds consortium, confirmed that both two sides have been in talks “regarding strategy, partnership, and cooperation” to potentially join forces.
Talks between them have been ongoing for the past 48 hours and have been described as “very constructive”
In a statement, Farnan said: “Everyone should be excited by these discussions as they are in the best interests of all parties including the Football League, Leeds United, its players and staff and, most importantly, its loyal and enduring fans.
“(Cellino’s) impressed me with his passion. We think we can work together. We both feel that this is for the good of Leeds United.
“Obviously we’ve got the appeal decision coming up so we’ll have to see how that goes.”
Cellino is awaiting news on whether the Football League board’s decision to block his £25m takeover has been successful – with no time-scale being given on when the outcome will be announced after an appeal from his lawyers to an independent QC on Monday.
Any potential deal involving Cellino and Together Leeds hinges on the success of his appeal.
The Together Leeds group, which includes businessmen Farnan, Gary Verity and Adam Pearson – the former Leeds commercial director – among its number, saw a bid for the club turned down last year.
But they have maintained their interest and kept a watching brief on developments.