'No particular interest' reported in Leeds linked defender

Italian reports claim 'at the moment there is no particular interest' in Andrea Mantovani despite an alleged approach from Leeds United transfer guru Nicola Salerno.

According to Tuttomercato, Leeds United have not got a strong interest in Palermo defender Andrea Mantovani despite previous reports linking him to the club.

The report states: ''Mantovani is back [at Palermo] after a disappointing year on loan at Bologna, also has some prospects [over a move]: there has been some enquiries from Leeds' Nicola Salerno, but at the moment there is no particular interest''

Mantovani, who is a product of Torino's youth team, has played just 30 games for Palermo since signing from Chievo for €3.5 million in 2011.

If Leeds do move for him, it looks likely he will be available for a transfer this summer after a fairly underwhelming loan spell with Bologna, which the report cites. 

He made 21 appearances for the north Italian based side last season, but unfortunately couldn't help turn the tide for Bologna and played a part in their relegation to Serie B. 

He made his last start for Bologna in a 2-2 draw with Inter Milan on the 5th April, and only played 17 minutes in Bologna's last six games of season, which ended in defeat at Lazio. 

Cellino and Salerno, however, will know the player quite well and, should they move on him, will be confident he can play in a successful Championship campaign next season. 

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