Sassuolo chief executive Nereo Bonato ha suggested a reason Leeds United failed to complete a deal for striker Leonardo Pavoletti on transfer deadline day.
Leeds were in for the 25-year-old forward earlier this week but it appears differences between a permanent move and a loan move stopped the transfer from happening.
“Leeds wanted to take him outright, Cesena and Palermo wanted him on loan. We have always been clear (about wanting to keep him) but in the end it wasn’t to be,” Bonato told TMW.
Several reports revealed late on Monday that Pavoletti had rejected the chance to move to the Championship giants and the structure of the deal seems to be the reason why.
He was seemingly being lined up as a replacement for Matt Smith, who moved to Championship rivals Fulham but chose to stay in Italy.
The explanation for that could be simply that he didn’t want a permanent move to a foreign country for his own personal reasons.
A loan deal would have allowed him to perform in a competitive Championship environment before returning to Italy at the end of the campaign to earn a longer deal with Sassuolo or to find a new club in Serie A.
It would have also prevented the upheaval of a permanent move to another country despite the strong Italian connection that Leeds now have and he may also have been put off by the fact Leeds don’t have a permanent boss in place.