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Leeds held talks with Ibrahimovic over January move

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Andrea Radrizzani has confessed making an audacious attempt to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the January transfer window.

After Arsenal cut short the loan deal of Eddie Nketiah in January, Leeds United were left with Patrick Bamford as their only striker and were eager to get reinforcement.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was a free agent at the time, was one of the options that the Peacocks considered. Another name that was on their wishlist was Edinson Cavani. The Uruguayan was aching for a move out of PSG after losing manager Thomas Tuchel’s faith.

Ibrahimovic decided to reunite with his former club AC Milan while Cavani eventually stayed put in the Frech capital.

Although agreeing that not much progress was made, Leeds’ owner Andrea Radrizzani recently revealed he did try to persuade either of them.

“I spoke with Zlatan Ibrahimovic more concretely,” Radrizzani told Sky Sports.

“He could have given us that decisive push but he decided to go to AC Milan. He has been very honest and transparent with me.

“We need to be rational and coherent with the strategy of both coach and team. I did not even speak with (coach) Marcelo Bielsa about Cavani and Ibrahimovic because we never got to the stage that we could sit down and talk about them.”