Edinson Cavani’s “significant” personal demands could be a deciding factor in preventing him from joining Leeds United this summer, according to Bleacher Report.
The 116-cap Uruguay international became a free agent this summer after leaving French giants PSG, and ESPN in his home country have already suggested that the Whites have been in touch with him over the prospect of a transfer in the coming weeks.
But any potential deal for the 33-year-old is likely to be a costly one for Leeds, even factoring in the player’s unattached status.
Writing in a piece for Bleacher Report, reporter Dean Jones said: “How real is it? It’s hard to tell.
“But [Andrea] Radrizzani is well-connected and has good links with Cavani.
“If they can keep [Marcelo] Bielsa in charge, it would help land him.
“But at this stage, it is difficult to get carried away. The player’s personal terms will be significant, and the club are wary of getting caught up in the excitement of promotion.”
At this stage, we would probably argue that a deal for Cavani is not out of the question, but that any kind of hope must be tempered with a big dollop of realism.
Radrizzani himself has admitted in recent times that he has thought about signing the South American, but again, his priority is stabilising the club to give them the best possible chance of a sustained run in the top flight.
That means following an investment plan closer to Sheffield United’s than the wild spending that we saw from Aston Villa last summer.
It’s difficult to reconcile that approach with a bid for a player who has just left one of the wealthiest clubs on the planet.
This one could still happen, but let’s not get carried away just yet.
In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay’s shared what he’s heard about Bielsa’s contract.