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Leeds United tried to sign Edinson Cavani and former Man Utd striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic in January

Leeds United looked into signing PSG superstar Edinson Cavani (Picture: Getty) Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani has revealed he tried to sign Edinson Cavani and former Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic during the January transfer window. The Championship leaders were looking to bring in a new striker after Arsenal recalled Eddie Nketiah from his loan spell at Elland Road. Leeds ended up signing Jean-Kevin Augustin on loan from RB Leipzig but looked into signing superstar forwards Cavani and Ibrahimovic. Uruguay legend Cavani has been one of the most prolific goalscorers in Europe over the past decade, scoring 200 goals in 300 appearances for PSG. Swedish hero Ibrahimovic, meanwhile, has enjoyed successful spells at LA Galaxy, Manchester United and PSG over the past eight seasons. Asked about Leeds’ interest in Cavani, club owner Radrizzani told Sky Italia: ‘The [PSG] 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 [Ibrahimovic]. He could give us a decisive push but he decided to go to [AC] Milan. He was very honest and transparent with me.’ Zlatan Ibrahimovic could have been heading to Elland Road (Picture: Getty) Radrizzani added: ‘We must be rational and consistent with the coach and team strategy. ‘I did not even discuss the ideas of Cavani and Ibrahimovic with [Leeds manager Marcelo] 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. More: NeighboursToadie Rebecchi begins fight to clear Elly Conway of suspected murder in NeighboursThe WhatsApp Gold hoax is back - don't fall for itWayfair reduces price of weighted blankets to £28 so you can feel like you're being hugged ‘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 asked whether he would consider another move for Ibrahimovic when the market reopens and responded: ‘It depends.’ Leeds United are currently top of the Championship with 71 points from 37 games. MORE: Ighalo edges closer to Man Utd transfer as Shanghai Shenhua identify replacement MORE: Bellingham names Man Utd legend as his footballing hero amid transfer links...


Published By: Metro - 6 days ago

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