Leeds United wanted to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani in January

  • Kat Lucas
FC Internazionale v AC Milan - Serie A

No, the lack of football is not causing you to hallucinate. You read that headline correctly. 

Leeds United have often been wondering 'what might have been' in recent weeks. 

The Championship has been thrown into chaos by the coronavirus pandemic and there has been huge uncertainty about whether Marcelo Bielsa's men will be going up if it's not possible to finish the 2019/20 season in reasonable time. 

The Whites' squad has looked well worthy of gracing the Premier League, but it could have been dripping with star quality had owner Andrea Radrizzani got his way. 

In an interview with Sky Sport Italia, which has been translated by the Daily Mail, he admitted to making some ludicrously audacious moves in the January transfer window. 

While neither of his attempts to sign either Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Edinson Cavani came off, you have to salute Radrizzani for his ambition. 

Ibrahimovic was a free agent after leaving LA Galaxy at the end of the MLS season, though he ultimately opted for a return to AC Milan. 

The fact he spent two years at rivals Manchester United didn't seem to deter Radrizzani, though he admits he didn't actually run either prospective signing by Bielsa. 

"The [PSG] president had given me the availability to verify the interest with [Cavani's] brother," he said.

"However, the negotiation never flew. I spoke more concretely with Zlatan [Ibrahimovic]. He could give us a decisive push but he decided to go to Milan. He was very honest and transparent with me.

Leeds United v Brentford - Sky Bet Championship

"We must be rational and consistent with the coach and team strategy. I did not even discuss the ideas of Cavani and Ibrahimovic with Bielsa because we had not reached that point to discuss them together.

"Bielsa works with a team of 12 scouts, they have 'their' players every window and we discuss them.

"Each player that has been signed is a mix between those on their list and the opportunities on the market. We always know the type of player Bielsa wants in every role and Victor Orta is in constant contact with him."

The Leeds supremo did add, however, that he wouldn't be put off another attempt to sign Ibrahimovic when he becomes available again in the future. "It depends," was his reply. 

Instead, the league-leaders signed Jean-Kevin Augustin on loan from RB Salzburg. Swings and roundabouts, really. 

News Now - Sport News