Leeds United to battle Bologna for highly-rated Italian youth international

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Leeds United may be forced to battle with Serie A relegated side Bologna for highly-rated defender Dario Del Fabro.

Fresh reports in Italy have indicated Leeds United are still in pursuit of the highly-rated 18-year-old Dario Del Fabro, however, could now face competition from Bologna over his signature.

Cellino, however, should still be confident of landing the young star since Bologna were relegated last season and will spend, at least, the next 12-months labelled as a Serie B team.

Leeds, if they want to fully capitalise on their links with Cellino's homeland, should try very hard to sign the young centre-back as he is renowned as one of the top young talents in the country, despite being made available for transfer.

He officially made his debut for Cagliari's first-team two seasons ago, 2012-13 season, despite only being 17 years of age. He was introduced as a second-half substitution against Serie A champions Juventus and, unfortunately, was on the end of a 3-1 defeat,

He went on to make his full debut for the club in the very next game and played the full 90 minutes in a tightly contested away match in Rome against another Serie A giant in Lazio.

Last season, however, he spent the majority of the season outside the first-team squad. He made just two starts for Cagliari, despite them struggling in a relegation fight, the first against Napoli and the second against relegation rivals Livorno.

The Italian starlet, regardless of first-team exposure, could prove to be a fantastic piece of business by Leeds this summer; however, the decision may hinge on who Massimo Cellino appoints as Leeds United head coach. A position which is expected to be filled in the next few days.

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