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Report: Sassuolo set date for Leeds-linked Leonardo Pavoletti decision

Sassuolo will only decide on transfer deadline day whether Leonardo Pavoletti can leave the club.

Pavoletti has long been linked with a transfer to Leeds United, with the Yorkshire Evening Post reporting that the 26-year-old could be set for a move to Elland Road.

Since the middle of December a move has looked on the cards, but, as of yet, nothing has come to fruition, and with the end of the transfer window moving steadily closer, it looks as if Leeds could miss out on their target.

However, there is still hope that the Italian club will come close to a decision, with TMW reporting that Sassuolo will only decide on transfer deadline day whether to let Pavoletti leave the Città del Tricolore.

The reason the deal has been taking so long to be completed is due to the impending transfer of Simone Zaza, who has been linked with a transfer to Juventus for much of the window. Co-owned by both Sassuolo and Juventus, the Bianconeri have been reported by Football Italia as looking into utilising their buyback option on the forward this month.

If Zaza was to leave Sassuolo, the club would have to utilise Pavoletti more than he has been this term - he has just nine substitute appearances to his name - and they are unwilling to sanction a deal whilst Zaza’s future is still in question.

If Zaza is to leave for Juventus, it is unlikely that Pavoletti will be signing for Leeds, as his current side will give him the opportunities he so desperately craves. However, if by transfer deadline day nothing has been confirmed, the Whites may just be able to swoop in and sign their long-term target from the Serie A club.

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