Leeds owner reveals he spoke ‘concretely’ with Ibrahimovic regarding January move

By Oliver Fisher -

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani has revealed that he held ‘concrete’ talks with Zlatan Ibrahimovic over a move to the Championship club.

The Championship clubs were in desperate need of a striker during the most recent transfer window as forward Eddie Nketiah was recalled from his loan spell by Arsenal.

In the end Frenchman Jean-Kevin Augustin arrived on loan, but during an interview with Gianluca Di Marzio their owner Radrizzani revealed that he had some more ambitious targets in mind.

“Cavani? The president had given me the availability to verify the interest with the player’s brother. However, the negotiation never flew,” he began.

He then discussed interest in Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who eventually secured a return to Milan for a second spell, though there are doubts regarding his future at San Siro beyond June. There must also be doubts, though, about whether a second tier club could have afforded his salary.

“I spoke more concretely with Zlatan,” the Leeds owner continued.

“He could give us a decisive push but he decided to go to Milan. He was very honest and transparent with me.”

Asked about trying again in the future, Radrizzani replied, “It depends.”

La Gazzetta dello Sport meanwhile are reporting that the 38-year-old is reflecting upon his future at Milan as he has a number of doubts over the club’s future plans, though retirement seems the most likely option at this point.

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