Zlatan Ibrahimovic ‘held transfer talks with Leeds’ before making AC Milan move

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Leeds made attempts to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic before he opted to return to AC Milan, according to the club’s chairman.

Ibrahimovic, who has played for some of the world’s leading sides, left MLS outfit LA Galaxy to return to Europe.

He previously played for Milan for two years before joining PSG but the Premier League hopefuls held talks with the Swedish star in an effort to persuade him to head to Elland Road.

Andrea Radrizzani told Sky Italy that Ibrahimovic, and his former team-mate Edinson Cavani, were both on the club’s radar.

“I spoke with Zlatan Ibrahimovic more concretely,” he said.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic returned to AC Milan this year

“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.”

Leeds are still hopeful of returning to the top flight following a sixteen-year absence.


They are top of the Championship with a seven-point cushion over Fulham in third but the coronavirus pandemic has cast doubt over how to conclude the season.

And Radrizanni admits the lack of football is having a huge economic impact on the Yorkshire outfit.

“It’s a disaster regrettably (for the economic implications of world football),” Radrizzani said.

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“A club like ours loses £8-10m every year to be competitive, and nobody wants to keep a business that is losing money every year.

“This situation is worsening our balance. By not having five home matches, we miss out on around £2.5m that are the only source of income given that we don’t have similar amounts coming in from TV rights.

“This aggravated epidemic is worsening this situation that is usually complicated enough.”



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