Andrea Radrizzani has revealed that Leeds United held “honest and transparent” talks with Zlatan Ibrahimovic in January.
The sensational reveal came in an interview on Gianluca DiMarzio on Tuesday night, when Radrizzani also admitted that Edinson Cavani was another player they had tried to sign.
Radrizzani said that the Cavani negotiations didn’t go anywhere but that talks with Ibrahimovic were more concrete.
Talking on Tuesday night he said, “Cavani? 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 Milan It was very honest and transparent with me.”
Asked if he would try again next season, Radrizzani replied, “It depends”.
Wow. We had heard rumours about Cavani but not Ibrahimovic and this shows the ambition of Radrizzani.
We had dismissed the Cavani report as speculation but this proves that there was something in the audacious move.
We knew Radrizzani had ambition after landing Marcelo Bielsa as manager but Ibrahimovic is on another level entirely.
The 38-year-old is nearing the end of his career but is still scoring in Serie A and is one of the biggest names in world football.
In the end, Leeds had to settle for Jean-Kevin Augustin, after also failing to sign Southampton striker Che Adams.
He is still yet to start for Leeds after a slow start and a hamstring injury.
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