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Ternana owner says he wants to keep reported Leeds target Felipe Avenatti for another season

The alleged Leeds United target may not be going anywhere just yet.

The owner of Italian side Ternana, Simone Longarini, has been speaking to Ternana News about the short-term future of alleged Leeds United target Felipe Avenatti.

The Uruguayan forward was linked with Leeds earlier this summer, with the Daily Star claiming Whites’ owner Massimo Cellino was prepared to pay £3million for the 22-year-old.

Up to now no move has been forthcoming and according to Longarini the player could be set for another year at his current club.

In comments published by Ternana News, the owner said, “On Avenatti, contrary to statements read in recent days, I would like to emphasise once and for all that now, with the entourage of the player, we are working to keep him for another year…in an environment where we all appreciate him.”

Avenatti has two years left on his current contract so there is no rush for Ternana to sell, but it could also be that clubs such as Leeds – and any other potential suitors – have simply not made an acceptable offer for the player.

Leeds have still strengthened considerably up front, bringing in Chris Wood and Lee Erwin, and there has been a clear movement away from signing players from Italy this summer, instead focusing largely on those with previous Championship experience.

But who knows, if Cellino’s interest in Avenatti remains a year from now, he could yet get his man.

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