Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani admits to being interested in signing Edinson Cavani, but is this just a case of history repeating itself?
Cast your mind back to the late 90s and Leeds United was flying high. They were fighting for honors at the top of the Premier League and even found themselves contesting in the semi-finals of the Champions League.
However, the club was a mismanaged financial shambles. The owners leveraged every penny they could lay their hands on against the club’s continued success.
They spent big on the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Robbie Keane, Robbie Fowler, Seth Johnson, Olivier Dacourt, and Mark Viduka. Keep in mind these players still dominate the top ten most expensive signings in Leeds history some 20 years after the event.
So when the White Roses of Yorkshire started to falter in the league, and the lucrative Champions League was missed out on, things began to fall apart quickly.
The 2003/04 season saw them relegated to the Championship, this was followed by administration three years later and further relegation to Division One in 2007.
Now Leeds are finally heading back to the big time, after gaining promotion to the Premier League under Marcelo Bielsa as manager and Andrea Radrizzani as owner.
With their top-flight status confirmed, Radrizzani is unveiling plans to spend big and lead his team back to the very top of football. This includes an attempt to sign the likes of PSG record goal-scorer, Edinson Cavani.
Speaking to Sky Sport Italia he even admits Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been on the radar too.
“Ibrahimovic will certainly be difficult, we tried to sign him in January, but he chose to join Milan and the deal vanished.”
But he still feels Cavani is a real possibility.
“In addition to his quality, Cavani could contribute with his physicality and adapt here, but I’ve never talked about him with the coach Bielsa.”
“Having said that, we’ve certainly thought about him and we’ll see, given he’s still available on a free transfer.”