Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani has confirmed the Peacocks held ‘concrete interest’ in Juventus forward Andrea Favilli before his loan to Genoa, when speaking to Gazetta Dello Sport.
Leeds have hit the ground running this season under the guidance of Marcelo Bielsa, winning all four of their matches across all competitions and establishing themselves as the early pacesetters in the race for a return to the Premier League.
The former Athletic Bilbao and Marseille boss significantly improved the squad with the additions of Patrick Bamford and Barry Douglas, as well as securing Lewis Baker, Jack Harrison and Jamal Blackman on loan from top-flight clubs.
However, other targets were pursued and the club’s owner Radrizzani has confirmed that Leeds held an interest in Juventus forward Andrea Favilli, who the Serie A champions signed from Ascoli earlier this month, in a deal TransferMarkt states is worth €7.5m, before sending him on loan to Genoa.
A move to England was muted for the 21-year-old and Radrizzani confirmed the Peacocks held ‘concrete interest’ in the striker during an in-depth interview with Gazzetta Dello Sport before switching their sights to more experienced options.
“[There was] Concrete interest in Favilli, very strong, but for the promotion, we opted for the experience.”
Favilli is certainly one to watch in the coming years, catching the eye in pre-season for Juventus by scoring two goals in three games at the International Champions Cup, but he is still largely untested at the highest level.
Playing in the Serie B last season, the second-tier of Italian football, Favilli caught the eye with a return of five goals in 12 matches and a move to Genoa this term gives him the opportunity to test himself at a higher level.
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With Leeds eyeing immediate success under Bielsa, moving for Patrick Bamford was a much safer choice as the 24-year-old is well accustomed to the rigours of Championship football after netting 11 goals for Middlesbrough last term.
It remains to be seen whether Bamford will return to the heights of his previous loan stint on Teesside in 2014-15, where he scored 17 goals, but for now, he is certainly the right choice for Leeds.