Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani has confirmed that the club held ‘concrete interest’ in Juventus youngster Andrea Favilli before his loan move to Genoa.

The 21-year-old is a promising striker who had been subject to interest from a number of clubs across England, including talk of a move to Elland Road.

In an interview with Gazetta Dello Sport Leeds chief Radrizzani said: “[There was] Concrete interest in Favilli, very strong, but for the promotion, we opted for the experience.”

Favilli joined the Seria A Champions for €7.5million from Ascoli, before being sent out on loan to Genoa.

Leeds will have been interested in the youngster due to his impressive pre-season campaign, scoring twice in three Champions Cup games for Juventus.

Their decision to opt for experience instead could prove to be a wise move, as they aim for a return to the Premier League.

Leeds have started their quest for promotion in the best possible way, as they sit top of the Championship table and remain unbeaten.

They started the season with a comprehensive 3-1 win over Stoke City, thanks to goals from Mateusz Klich, Pablo Hernandez and Liam Cooper.

That was backed up with a 4-1 thrashing of Derby County, as Klich found the net again before Kemar Roofe’s double and a further goal from Ezgjan Alioski made it two wins from two for Leeds.

A 2-1 Carabao Cup victory over Bolton Wanderers followed, before goals from Luke Ayling and Roofe secured a 2-0 win over Rotherham.

On Tuesday night, Leeds were made to battle hard for a point away to Swansea City as they came from behind twice in a 2-2 draw, dropping their first points of the season.

It has been a dream start to the season for Leeds and their supporters will be hoping the campaign will end in a return to the Premier League.


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