Leeds United target Federico Viviani makes it clear he wants Serie A football next season

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The Roma youngster has impressed at Latina this term.

Leeds United are reportedly still keen on signing Roma midfielder Federico Viviani. Calcio Mercato reported that Leeds were still interested in the player.

Last summer Leeds United were chasing plenty of Italian players and signed plenty of them. Viviani wasone they missed out on. He came extremely close to signing for Leeds. It was reported by the Daily Mail at the end of July that Leeds were ready to 'seal the deal' for the player.

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino pulled the plug on the deal, confirming to Sky Sports that the move was off in August:

"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 has since proved to be a real missed opportunity for Leeds. Viviani has been in terrific form for Latina in Serie B. He has scored eight goals for the club in 33 appearances and now teams are looking to snap him up.

Leeds however face a real test in their pursuit of the player, as he insists he now wants to play in Serie A.

He has told La Gazetta dello Sport, as reported by TMW:

"If I played in Serie B up to 23-years-old there is a reason. Latina have entered my heart and I will continue to have a great relationship with the company.

"I arrived there a year and a half ago after I had spent six difficult months in Pescara. I feel grown up as a man and footballer.

"Now my only goal is to play in Serie A and to make more appearances possible. [Daniele] De Rossi? I have always been driven and he has helped with his advice."

The Italian under-21 international will therefore be sticking with Roma next term or, potentially, heading out on loan to a Serie A rival.

A move to Leeds? That looks off the cards.

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