Report: Cellino could return to Italy with Parma - if he sells Leeds

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Massimo Cellino is reportedly interested in taking over at Parma.

According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Leeds United president Massimo Cellino could buy Parma - providing that he manages to sell Leeds.

Cellino, 58, purchased Leeds just over a year ago having spent 22 years as chairman of Italian side Cagliari, where he went through a staggering 36 managers.

Leeds have already been managed by four different bosses under Cellino, with Brian McDermott, David Hockaday, Darko Milanic and current manager Neil Redfearn all taking charge so far.

However, his time in charge at Elland Road has been a controversial one, with the Football League disqualifying Cellino back in December, meaning he initially couldn't run the club until later this month - before the Football League extended his ban until May.

Now, takeover rumours are doing the rounds in West Yorkshire yet again, with actor Russell Crowe bizarrely linked with a move to buy the club, whilst Red Bull have also been touted as possible suitors for Leeds, given that they already have Red Bull Leipzig, Red Bull Salzburg and New York Red Bulls in their football portfolio.

Whilst it currently seems likely that Cellino may sell the club, it doesn't mean that the Italian will end his involvement in football in the long-term.

According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Cellino could make a bid to takeover Parma; the Serie A side who once boasted Gianluigi Buffon, Lilian Thuram, Fabio Cannavaro, Juan Sebastian Veron and Hernan Crespo, but are now bankrupt.

It would be a surprise move considering the work needed to turn Parma around, but Di Marzio reports that Cellino and his family are keen to return to Italy - and Parma present a chance for him to get back into Serie A ownership.

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