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Report: Nicola Salerno-linked club Palermo want former Leeds United target Federico Viviani

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The Sicilian side are keen on snapping up the Italian youth international.

In the summer Leeds United were chasing plenty of talented Italian based players. The likes of Mirco Antenucci, Marco Silvestri, Tommaso Bianchi and many more all made the switch, but they didn't land all their targets.

One player they were keen on was AS Roma midfielder Federico Viviani. He came within inches of signing for Championship side Leeds United in the summer.

The club, through controversial Italian owner Massimo Cellino, have plenty of contacts within Italian football and Viviani was identified as a target.

It was reported by the Daily Mail at the end of July that Leeds were ready to 'seal the deal' for the player.

But at the beginning of August Cellino confirmed to Sky Sports that the move was off, citing his demands as the reason behind the collapse of a deal:

"He (Viviani) is not coming. He is a good player, a talented player, but I cannot sign someone like that.

"All last week it was demands about this, demands about that, asking for more and more so eventually I said ‘enough’."

It is now proving a real missed opportunity for Leeds. Viviani has been in terrific form for Latina in Serie B. In a campaign which caught the eye of Italian national coach Antonio Conte back in February, he has scored seven goals for the club in 32 appearances and now teams are looking to snap him up.

Interestingly, he is now being linked with Palermo - a club with which Leeds have plenty of links. They signed Granddi Ngoyi and Sol Bamba on loan from the club in January and current sporting director Nicola Salerno was rumoured to be on his way to the Sicilian club in the summer by The Guardian earlier this month.

It is reported by TMW that Viviani will be sold by Roma this summer, with Palermo leading the chase along with Sassuolo and an unnamed team from Germany.

Leeds meanwhile no longer seem to be interested in the player, who will now hope to become a first-team regular wherever he goes in the summer.

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