MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images/MediaNews Group via Getty Images

Tony Dorigo has suggested to The World Game that he does not think that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will join Leeds United in the summer transfer window.

The former Leeds defender does not think that Ibrahimovic fits into the way head coach Marcelo Bielsa likes to play his football.

Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani told Gianluca di Marzio in March 2020 that he spoke to the former Manchester United striker “concretely” for a move in the January transfer window.

However, the 38-year-old striker returned to his former club AC Milan on a short-term contract on a free transfer.

Leeds Live quoted the Italian businessman as saying in July 2020 that he tried to bring the Swedish striker to Elland Road in January, adding that a move for him this summer “will certainly be difficult”.

If EVERY Season Had A Champions League Play-Off

brid
623502
If EVERY Season Had A Champions League Play-Off
/static/uploads/2020/07/611594_t_1596041519.jpg
611594
center

Dorigo told The World Game: “I’d be a little surprised if the club went for him. No disrespect to Zlatan – I love the guy and what he’s doing at his age is incredible.  

“His mental strength is second to none and it’s really impressive how he’s rallied that group of players at Milan since he’s arrived. But, for Leeds, the outlay in wages would be huge and he might not be the best option.

“More importantly, the style Bielsa plays – a high-pressing, high-energy system – wouldn’t suit Zlatan. At this stage of his career, he’s not going to go chasing that ball around, closing defenders down every single time. 

“That’s what Leeds do under Bielsa – and that’s why Patrick Bamford stays in the team even though he didn’t score as many as he should have done this season (16 goals in 45 games). I just don’t see the fit being perfect with Bielsa.”

Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic (REUTERS)

Unlikely Leeds United transfer?

Ibrahimovic may be 38 years of age, but the former Juventus and Inter Milan remains on top of his game and is a natural goalscorer, and he would be a stunning and blockbuster signing for Leeds.

However, Bielsa wants his strikers to be more involved in games, which is why Patrick Bamford suits his game.

One suspects that wages would also be an issue for Leeds, even though Ibrahimovic would arrive at the Whites as a free agent.

Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

In other news, Report: Player unhappy at Tottenham Hotspur, wants to leave