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Report: Cellino to hold talks over surprise permanent deal for Dario Del Fabro

Leeds United will reportedly have a meeting to discuss the future of defender Dario del Fabro.

According to Sport Italia, Leeds United president Massimo Cellino will hold talks with Cagliari sporting director Francesco Marroccu over a permanent deal for Dario Del Fabro.

Leeds ended their season on Saturday with a 0-0 home draw against Rotherham United, finishing up in 15th place in the Championship table.

Fans will be looking for an improvement this summer, and will also be hoping that Leeds can strengthen their squad with new signings in the transfer window.

However, it may come as a surprise to read that Cellino is now scheduled for a meeting with Cagliari sporting director Marroccu over a deal to take centre back Del Fabro to Elland Road on a permanent basis.

The 20-year-old defender joined Leeds on a season-long loan deal last summer, and despite being highly rated in Italy, he has played just one competitive match for Leeds this season, and that came in an FA Cup tie against Sunderland back in January.

Del Fabro's Leeds future was thrown into doubt when he was one of six players to controversially withdraw from Leeds' match against Charlton in April, but could now stay at the club long-term.

Sport Italia suggest that Cellino will meet with Marroccu soon in order to discuss a permanent deal for Del Fabro, meaning that the young centre back may be viewed as a future contributor for Leeds rather than an instant first-team solution.

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