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.
Leeds’ Italian owner Andrea Radrizzani is keen to make a statement signing ahead of the club’s Premier League return next season
But he admitted that signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic this summer will be ‘difficult’ after Leeds made a failed move for the 38-year-old Swedish striker during the January window
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.
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
The Leeds squad celebrate promotion to the Premier League after Sunday’s win over Derby
‘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.
‘Having said that, we’ve certainly thought about him and we’ll see, given he’s still available on a free transfer.’
Leeds’ promotion back to the Premier League was sealed when closest challengers West Bromwich Albion lost to Huddersfield Town on Friday night.
And their championship was confirmed on Saturday when Brentford lost to Stoke City, sparking wild celebrations as thousands of fans gathered outside Elland Road and in the city centre.
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