Italian broadcaster SportItalia claims that Serie A club Torino have entered the race to sign reported Leeds United target Leonardo Pavoletti.
Pavoletti has been suggested as a January addition for the Whites with head coach Neil Redfearn having already admitted that he wouldn’t be surprised if the forward was lining up at Elland Road before the start of February, but they aren't the only ones interested.
Torino represent the chance for Pavoletti to stay in Italy and Serie A, which is something he may prefer over a move to a new and foreign league.
Leeds is a huge English club but the pressure involved in moving to such a different team in an extremely competitive division is something, which can put players off of transfers.
Leeds are facing a very important second half to the Championship season and while the club’s fans are passionate, they could get on Pavoletti’s back after a few poor displays in the same way that any set of fans would.
Sassuolo are still reportedly toying with the idea of extending Pavoletti’s contract and an advantage for Leeds could be that they are not direct rivals and don’t represent having to sell to another side in the same division.
However, Torino represent a chance for Pavoletti to remain in a European top flight division over moving to another country to play in the division just below the Premier League.
They also represent a chance for him to prove a point to his critics and doubters in Italy who don’t believe he’s got what it takes to succeed in Serie A.