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Report: Leeds United wanted Luca Rossettini, but have lost out to Bologna

The Italian right-back is all set to leave Cagliari but remain in Serie A.

Reports in Italy today suggest that Leeds United have missed out on a player most fans probably didn't realise they were even linked with.

The player in question is Italian defender Luca Rossettini. The right-back, who can also play centre-back, is all set to join Bologna for a fee in the region of €3.5 million (£2.5 million), who were recently promoted to Serie A from current club Cagliari - as reported by La Gazzetta dello Sport.

Leeds were also said to be keen, according to a report in Calcio News 24, in bringing the player from Massimo Cellino's former team to his current club.

Rossettini, who played 33 games last season and earned a first call-up to the Italian national team, would have been a great signing so if Leeds genuinely were keen on the player it will certainly prove an opportunity missed. Although, they were never likely to pay that sort of money for the player.

What does the interest mean?

It could mean two things regarding Sam Byram. The talented full-back played much of last season on the right wing and it may mean that is where Uwe Rosler sees him featuring next term.

However, it may also stem from the fact Byram is being linked with a move away from the club. Sunderland have been linked with an £8 million bid for the player by The Mirror this week and for that sort of money Leeds will struggle to say no.

Either way a right-back should be on the agenda this term. If Byram plays further forward or leaves Scott Wootton or Gaetano Berardu are not the men to permanently hold down the fort.

Rossettini looks to have been an ambitious target that Leeds could never have afforded outright, but it does show a sign of Cellino's intent to bring in top quality from Italy, as opposed to some of the players to come in at Elland Road recently.

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