According to well-respected Sky Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, former Cagliari head of football operations Nicola Salerno's intended reunion with Massimo Cellino may be put on hold after the transfer guru entered talks with Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini on Saturday.
The report states that Salerno is ready to take on a new challenge and will leave the role of sporting director at Cagliari after the arrival of the new president Tommaso Giulini. Salerno wants a reunion with Cellino at Leeds and bring Inter Milan goalkeeper Raffaele Di Gennaro along with him.
However, Palermo want his services, adds the report. On Saturday in Trieste, Salerno met with Zamparini, who would like to add him to the management team. Now it is up to Salerno to make a choice.
Ever since Cellino first declared interest in becoming the new owner of Leeds United, the expectation always was that his go-to guy, Salerno, would join him. However, Salerno's talks with Zamparini on Saturday throws that scenario into doubt.
Not only that, if rumours are to be believed, then Leeds could also miss out on Inter goalkeeper Gennaro.
The Italian Under-20 goalkeeper, who spent last season on loan with Cittadella, has become the latest name in a long list of players from the Italian divisions earmarked with a move to Leeds.
Now that the sale of Cagliari is complete, and the managerial appointment reaches the final few stages, Cellino will be looking to follow up on his big plans for the club, but losing his trusted transfer guru just before the window opens may be a big blow.