Radrizzani confirms Leeds signing talks; expects to break transfer record

Date published: Tuesday 21st July 2020 12:38

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Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani says he is in talks with a prospective new signing ahead of their Premier League charge next season.

The Whites completed their long-awaited return to the top flight after a memorable weekend in the club’s history, topped off by a 3-1 win over Derby on Sunday.

However, Radrizzani has had little time to savour Leeds’ return after 16 years away.

He has promised to pump further investment into Leeds to make them competitive in the top flight.

He also revealed during his press conference that after Sunday’s win, he flew out to Europe to discuss a possible new signing.

“I mean I can tell you where I am now,” he said. “I’m in a place in Europe approaching a meeting for a player for next season. I’m enjoying, but I’m also enjoying working for the future.”

Radrizzani also confirmed that he expects to break Leeds’ transfer record following their promotion. Helder Costa – signed from Wolves last summer – is the club’s record acquisition.

 

 

“Which is our transfer record? Helder Costa? Yes, I think we could break it soon. I have a clear vision. I need to first secure the team in the Premier League for the next three years, to stay there.

“If we stay there for three years at least then I think we can have a very bright future and stay just behind the top six. That’s my goal.”

RADRIZZANI TO DISCUSS BIELSA’S FUTURE

Radrizzani hopes he and director of football Victor Orta will meet with manager Marcelo Bielsa this week. Renewing the Argentine’s contract, which runs out this summer, will be their top priority.

“I have a different view probably of all of you,” Radrizzani added. “I think it’s an honour for Marcelo as for any other coach to be in charge of a club like Leeds United in the Premier League.

“It’s on merit for him to be here and he deserves it, but it’s a choice and an honour.

“So at the end we don’t have to persuade anyone to stay at our club. It’s on merit and ambition because it’s a big club.”

Elsewhere in his press conference, Radrizzani also revealed that despite rumours of him selling up if Leeds reached the Premier League, he would now like to stay for the foreseeable future.

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