The agent of midfielder Federico Viviani has revealed why his client snubbed a move to Leeds last summer.
Federicio Viviani's agent Giovanni Ferro has told Calcio Mercato that the midfielder's desire to stay in Italy led to him snubbing Leeds last summer.
Leeds have brought in a host of players from Italy since the arrival of Nicola Salerno as sporting director, with the likes of Marco Silvestri, Giuseppe Bellusci, Sol Bamba, Gaetano Berardi, Tommaso Bianchi, Mirco Antenucci and Souleymane Doukara all arriving from Italian clubs.
It could have been even more though, after the club reportedly targeted a move for Roma central midfielder Federico Viviani.
The 22-year-old, who joined Roma back in 2007, is currently on loan with Serie B side Latina until the end of the season - but only joined them after rejecting a move to Elland Road.
Now, Viviani's agent has told Calcio Mercato that not only are there Premier League clubs now interested in signing him, but also that the player's desire to stay in Italy led to the breakdown of his proposed move to Leeds.
"There is interest from both divisions [in Italy], and clubs from the Premier League. Obviously our preference is to stay at Roma," said Ferro.
When asked about the collpase of Viviani's move to Leeds, Ferro admitted that the proposal put forward by Latina was too good to turn down.
"[After the Leeds bid], the proposal of Latina and the desire to remain in Italy convinced the boy to deny the transfer to England," he added.
With the superb displays of Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt this season, Leeds are unlikely to go back with another bid for Viviani - but if Ferro is right, he could yet make his way to England with a Premier League club.