Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani has admitted signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic could prove ‘difficult’ but is optimistic the Premier League newcomers can get Edinson Cavani.
The Yorkshire club sealed their promotion back to the top-flight over the weekend after 16 years away and Radrizzani seems determined to make a statement signing to mark their return.
Having attempted to persuade 38-year-old Swedish striker Ibrahimovic to come to Elland Road back in January – he signed for AC Milan instead – Leeds could try again but Radrizzani thinks it’s a long shot.
Getting free agent Edinson Cavani, who was released by Paris Saint-Germain in June, is a greater possibility, according to the Leeds chief
‘Ibrahimovic will certainly be difficult,’ he told Sky Sport Italia.
‘We tried to sign him in January, but he chose to join Milan and the deal vanished.
‘Now I think it’s too late, the intensity of English football is different.’
Ibrahimovic thrived in the cut and thrust of the Premier League with Manchester United, scoring 29 goals in 53 matches across all competitions between 2016 and 2017.
He has scored six goals in 16 appearances for Milan since returning there but has yet to commit to a club for the 2020-21 season.
But Radrizzani was more hopeful of convincing another well-known striker, 33-year-old Uruguayan Cavani to sign following his release by Paris Saint-Germain.
Ibrahimovic returned to AC Milan in January following interest from a number of clubs
Cavani, 33, is on the look out for a new club for next season after being released by PSG
‘In addition to his quality, Cavani could contribute with his physicality and adapt here, but I’ve never talked about him with the coach [Marcelo Bielsa],’ Radrizzani said.
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