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Leeds Owner Reveals January Talks with Ibrahimovic and Cavani

Leeds Owner Reveals January Talks with Ibrahimovic and Cavani

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani has revealed he held talks during the January transfer window with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani.

Back in the winter window, Swedish legend Ibrahimovic, now 38, was looking for a new club in Europe after a successful spell with LA Galaxy in MLS, whilst Cavani was kicking his heels on the subs bench for PSG.

And with Leeds challenging to return to the English top-flight for the first time since 2004, ambitious Italian owner Radrizzani has revealed he set his heights extremely high when manager Marcelo Bielsa needed a striker.

Speaking to Gianluca di Marzio, he said: “Cavani? The (PSG) president had given me the willingness to check the interest with the player’s brother. But the negotiation never flew.

“I spoke more concretely with Zlatan. He could give us a decisive boost but he decided to go to Milan.

“He was very honest and transparent with me. Trying again for Ibrahimovic next year? Depends on the market.

“We have to be rational and consistent with the strategy of the coach and the team.

“I didn’t even discuss Cavani and Ibra’s ideas with Bielsa because we hadn’t gotten to that point to discuss it together.”

When the English Championship campaign was suspended, Leeds were sitting pretty at the top of the table, one point ahead of West Brom and seven points ahead of Fulham in third.

It might seem fanciful, but we wouldn’t be too surprised to see a couple of big names heading to Elland Road should their promotion chase turn into a reality.

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