Leeds attempted to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic & Edinson Cavani in January – Radrizzani

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The ones that got away

Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani has admitted that the club tried to sign Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the January transfer window.

The Championship side are well placed for promotion this season.

Under the management of Marcelo Bielsa, Leeds are top of the table, and have won all of their last five games.

They are also seven points clear of third-placed Fulham.

Despite the break due to COVID-19, should the campaign resume, Leeds look the favourites to get promoted.

However, they could have been getting promoted with either Edinson Cavani or Zlatan Ibrahimovic in their squad, if things had gone to plan in January.

CAGLIARI, ITALY – JANUARY 11: Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Milan celebrates his goal 0-2 during the Serie A match between Cagliari Calcio and AC Milan at Sardegna Arena on January 11, 2020 in Cagliari, Italy. (Photo by Enrico Locci/Getty Images)

Leeds tried to sign Zlatan & Cavani in January

Speaking to Sky Sports Italia, as cited by the Mail, Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani claimed that he attempted to sign both Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the winter window.

He claims that despite getting permission to speak to Cavani, negotiations ‘never flew’.

‘The (PSG) president had given me the availability to verify the interest with the player’s brother,’ he explained.

‘However, the negotiation never flew.’

Leeds then turned to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was available for free having left LA Galaxy.

However, he too turned down the Championship side.

‘I spoke more concretely with Zlatan (Ibrahimovic),’ he continued.

‘He could give us a decisive push but he decided to go to (AC) Milan. He was very honest and transparent with me.’

Leeds would eventually settle on Jean-Kévin Augustin as their marquee signing.


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With seasons halted, there is uncertainty surrounding the conclusion of the domestic campaign.

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According to the Times, some clubs are “seething” at the idea.


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