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Radrizzani teases link with Raiola: Five players Leeds could sign this summer

Italian-born Dutch football agent Mino Raiola speaks to journalists on September 2, 2016 during presentation of Nice's football club new signings at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice,...

Leeds United could look to work with Mino Raiola this summer.

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani looks on before the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Leeds United at iPro Stadium on February 21, 2018 in Derby, England.

The row over Wolverhampton Wanderers' use of super-agent Jorge Mendes rumbles on, but Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani has positioned himself to work under a similar approach.

Championship leaders Wolves have been accused – particularly by Radrizzani – in recent weeks of bending the rules to land players from Mendes' Gestifute agency, aiding their bid for promotion.

Ruben Neves, Diogo Jota, Ivan Cavaleiro and Helder Costa are just some of the players to have signed for Wolves in recent times, with Mendes taking his clients to Molineux thanks to his relationship with owners Fosun International.

Italian-born Dutch football agent Mino Raiola speaks to journalists on September 2, 2016 during presentation of Nice's football club new signings at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice,...

Now, Leeds owner Radrizzani has told talkSPORT that if such a setup is legal, then he wants to do the same, name-checking super-agent Mino Raiola as one man he is close with and could use to bring players to Leeds.

If that is the case, then Leeds maybe can't expect to see Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Elland Road any time soon, but here are some potentially more realistic targets should Radrizzani have access to Raiola's portfolio of clients.

Philippe Sandler: Manchester City swooped to land Dutch talent Sandler from PEC Zwolle in January, and if they choose to loan out the 21-year-old centre back this summer, then Leeds – who will see Matthew Pennington return to Everton – may be one option.

Bartosz Salamon: Another centre back, Polish international Salamon has made 19 Serie A appearances for SPAL this season, and would bring real height to the Leeds back four given that he stands at 6ft 5in tall, and can also play in holding midfield.

Salamon Bartosz (L) of Spal and Gonzalo Higuain of Juventus compete for the ball during the Serie A match between Juventus and Spal on October 25, 2017 in Turin, Italy.

Omar El Kaddouri: Moroccan international El Kaddouri is a talented playmaker currently featuring in Greece with PAOK, having previously had spells with Napoli, Torino and Empoli. The 27-year-old can play deep and further forward, and would offer another midfield option to Paul Heckingbottom.

Vladimir Weiss: A familiar name to many having turned out for Manchester City, Bolton Wanderers and Rangers, Slovakian wide man Weiss is currently playing for Al-Gharafa in Qatar. The pacey winger, 28, may fancy one more crack at English football though, and could provide a spark to the Leeds side.

Tomas Necid: With questions over Pierre-Michel Lasogga's future, another centre forward may be wanted, and Czech international Necid fits the bill. The 6ft 3in striker, 28, is currently on loan at Slavia Prague from Bursaspor, where he has scored eight goals in 21 games this season, and would be one option to replace Lasogga if Raiola comes on board.

Slavia's Czech forward Tomas Necid gestures during the Europa League Group A football match between Maccabi Tel Aviv and Slavia Prague on November 23, 2017, at the Netanya Municipal...

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