Bradford City owner open to possibility of Red Bull link-up

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The League One club are seeking to establish a partnership with the energy drink giant, like the one they have with RB Leipzig and Salzburg

Bradford City owner Edin Rahic has revealed that he would be interested in linking up with Red Bull.

The energy drink giant currently owns or has a major interest in a number of football teams worldwide, including Red Bull Salzburg, New York Red Bulls, Red Bull Brasil, Red Bull Ghana and Champions League entrants RB Leipzig.

Bradford 21/10 at Shrewsbury

Red Bull have been linked with a move into the English football market, and Rahic would be delighted if his club was selected as their English project. Rahic previously worked with RB Leipzig director Ralf Rangnick, and admitted he was approached by his former colleague before Bradford's League One play-off final defeat to Millwall.

“In 2012 he wanted me to come to Leipzig, but it didn’t work out in the end," Rahic told Spox. "Before our play-off final in May he wished me good luck. If Red Bull is interested in a project in England at one point, we could cooperate with our two clubs.

“We don’t have too much money, so it would be great for us to get talents on loan and develop them. We would be the perfect platform for a club like Leipzig to test their players. Comparable to their cooperation with Salzburg, we could commit ourselves to the same style of play and a similar training philosophy.”

Timo Werner Ralf Rangnick RB Leipzig

Rangnick visited England in late 2016 to watch Chelsea, Charlton and Brentford in action, leading to rumours that Red Bull was about to invest in an English club. In January, the company's founder denied speculation that they were interested in taking over Nottingham Forest.

"There is nothing to it," Dietrich Mateschitz told Salzburger Nachrichten

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"That's not even idle speculation. It moreover would be an enormous stupidity to think about an addition in England after a successful involvement at Leipzig.

"That would be wrong from a sporting perspective. To mix everything together would at one point also not be in accordance with UEFA regulations."

However, in June, UEFA ruled that "no individual or legal entity had a decisive influence over more than one club" allowing both Salzburg and Leipzig to compete in the Champions League, paving the way for Red Bull to expand their influence into England.

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