Leeds United Tried To Sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic And Edinson Cavani In The January Transfer Window
Leeds United tried to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani during the January transfer window.
The Championship club were in the market for a new striker during the winter after Arsenal recalled Eddie Nketiah, and they eyed not one but TWO superstar forwards.
Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani held talks with Ibrahimovic before he eventually moved to AC Milan and got permission from Paris Saint-Germain to see whether Cavani wanted to join.
The towering-Swede was available on a free transfer after his LA Galaxy contract expired in November. He went onto resign for AC Milan on a six-month deal until the end of the season.
As for Cavani, Radrizzani revealed he had preliminary discussions with the Uruguayan.
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Speaking about the Paris Saint-Germain player, he said: "The president had given me the availability to verify the interest with the player's brother.
"However, the negotiation never flew. I spoke more concretely with Zlatan. He could give us a decisive push but he decided to go to (AC) Milan. He was very honest and transparent with me."
The Italian continued by saying: "We must be rational and consistent with the coach and team strategy.
"I did not even discuss the ideas of Cavani and Ibrahimovic with Bielsa because we had not reached that point to discuss them together.
"Bielsa works with a team of 12 scouts, they have 'their' players every window and we discuss them.
"Each player that has been signed is a mix between those on their list and the opportunities on the market. We always know the type of player Bielsa wants in every role and Victor Orta is in constant contact with him."
Radrizzani was then asked if he would consider another move for Ibrahimovic when the summer transfer window opens at the end of the season and he replied: "It depends."
Keep an eye on Leeds' summer transfer activity if the club get promoted to the Premier League.