Radrizzani rules out Leeds move for Zlatan but makes huge Cavani claim

Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani has admitted signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic could prove ‘difficult’ but that a move for Edinson Cavani could be on.

The Elland Road outfit sealed their promotion back to the top-flight over the weekend after 16 years away. And Radrizzani seems determined to make a massive statement signing to mark their return.

Having attempted to persuade 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 for the 38-year-old.

“Ibrahimovic will certainly be difficult,” he told Sky Sport Italia, as cited by the Daily Mail.

“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.”

He has scored six goals in 16 appearances for Milan since returning there. But the veteran hitman has yet to commit to a club for the 2020-21 season.

However, Radrizzani was more hopeful of convincing another well-known striker, Cavani, to sign following his PSG release.

“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 added.

“Having said that, we’ve certainly thought about him and we’ll see. Given he’s still available on a free transfer.”

Goals starting to dry up for Cavani

Cavani struggled for game time during a season with PSG that was curtailed when the French league decided to conclude the season in April because of Covid-19.

He still managed to notch up seven goals in 22 appearances, although mainly in the cup competitions.

The experienced hitman would certainly provide the top-flight experience that Patrick Bamford lacks. But although Bielsa will want to give the former Chelsea man his chance in the big time, having someone of Cavani’s quality on the books would be a massive boost to Leeds.

They conclude their outstanding season when they host Charlton at Elland Road on Wednesday night.

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