Leeds miss out on big-name target as he agrees lucrative deal elsewhere - reports
Leeds United have missed out on signing Edinson Cavani, according to The Sun.
The newspaper claim in their live transfer blog that Cavani, 33, was wanted by Leeds to spearhead their attack on their return to the Premier League.
However, The Sun points to an update by beIN SPORTS journalist Tancredi Palmeri, who has said on his personal Twitter account that Cavani has agreed to join Benfica after being offered a lucrative deal worth over £155,000-a-week.
Cavani signed for Benfica for 9m€ per year!
— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) August 8, 2020
Now, it is understood that Leeds’ hopes of a shock deal for the former Paris Saint-Germain are dead in the water.
We cannot say we’re surprised.
Andrea Radrizzani revealed last month, via the Daily Mail, that Cavani is someone who he’d like to see head to Elland Road this summer with him being released by PSG.
However, as you can see, Cavani’s wage demands must have been astronomical and it is amazing that Benfica are able to afford it given that the Portuguese league isn’t among the richest in the world.
If anything, we’re glad that Leeds aren’t signing Cavani.
Although he’s proven time and time again in his career that he knows where the back of the net is, there is no reason why Marcelo Bielsa would add a player like him to the squad.
Bielsa doesn’t seem to be too fond of players who might think they’re too good for the club or are a bit too egotistical.
We’re not saying that Pontus Jansson had a big ego but he rubbed Bielsa up the wrong way and was sold as a result.
Cavani should do well in Portugal and should do a lot better there than he would have in the Premier League if Leeds signed him.
In other Leeds United news, the Whites have made an approach for this English midfielder.