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Francis Marroccu confirms Ascoli want to sign Mirco Antenucci

Mirco Antenucci is linked with a move away from Leeds United.

Speaking to TMW, Ascoli sporting director Francis Maroccu has confirmed that he wants to sign Mirco Antenucci of Leeds United, although he is not ready to risk the club’s financial future to bring him back to Italy.

When asked about transfer targets, Marroccu said: “Antenucci? No player shall affect the financial stability of the club, but it's a deal I would like to do. Economically, however, it is difficult.”

Antenucci spent the 2009/10 season at Ascoli, scoring 24 goals in 41 games, and it was his reputation in the lower leagues of Italian football which earned him a move to Leeds last summer.

He has become something of a favourite at Elland Road due to his performance with the Whites, although his goal record of 15 strikes in 62 games is hardly great for an out-and-out striker.

His contract at Leeds expires at the end of this season, and there have not yet been any indications that the Yorkshire club are ready to offer the 31-year-old a new deal.

Should they be against extending Antenucci’s stay at Elland Road for another year, Leeds could look to sell him this month to ensure they make a fee rather than lose him for free, and Ascoli would look to take advantage of his availability.

They may not be willing to break the bank for him, but if an attractive deal is available, Antenucci leaving Leeds to return to Italy this month is certainly not out of the question.

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