Delay in Leeds United deal for former Italy under-21 star

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Leeds United are attempting to bring in Catania defender Giuseppe Bellusci.

Leeds United are in the midst of a busy summer as owner Massimo Cellini is hopeful of using his Italian connections to bring in a number of new players.

The latest star to be linked with the club is Catania’s impressive centre-back Giuseppe Bellusci, a former Italian U21 international.

According to Sky Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, Leeds United and Catania have reached an agreement for the player, however, the proposed deal has since hit a temporary snag.

It has been reported that the 24-year-old’s current injury and economic request has temporarily interrupted negotiations, though the Yorkshire club are still keen to sign Bellusci and talks will resume over the next few days.

Standing at 6ft 1inch, the dominant centre-back has been highly thought of over the past few years and his performances for Catania had bigger clubs taking notice.

He has made just one shy of 100 appearances for Italian outfit since joining in 2009, and he became one of the club’s most decorated players in history after helping them to a club record 56 points in Italy’s top flight during the 2012/13 season.

Following their recent relegation from Serie A, however, Bellusci has been widely tipped to leave and Leeds United stand to benefit greatly.

With The Whites’ expected to sell Ross McCormack over the next couple of week, owner Massimo Cellino could use the money from the sale as well as his Italian connections to fund a number of transfers such as Giuseppe Bellusci to considerably strengthen the squad in more important areas.

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