Report: Empoli targeting deal for Leeds defender Giuseppe Bellusci - on one condition

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Leeds defender Giuseppe Bellusci is reportedly wanted by Empoli.

According to Tutto Mercato Web, Empoli will target a deal for Leeds United defender Giuseppe Bellusci - but only if they sell Federico Barba this month.

Bellusci, 26, joined Leeds back in the summer of 2014, arriving from Catania as part of chairman Massimo Cellino's Italian revolution at Elland Road.

A former Italy Under-21 international, there were high expectations for Bellusci when he joined Leeds, but he endured an up-and-down debut season in the Championship, as he was in and out of the team and finished the campaign with two red cards to his name.

Earlier this term, Bellusci was the third choice centre back under Uwe Rosler, as Liam Cooper and Sol Bamba were preferred in the heart of defence - but the appointment of Steve Evans has seen Bellusci nail down a regular place in the Leeds back line, and this appears to be the most settled he has been since arriving in West Yorkshire.

Now though, Tutto Mercato Web report that Empoli are keen to bring Bellusci back to Italy before Monday's transfer deadline - but only on one condition.

It's stated that Empoli defender Federico Barba is wanted by the likes of Napoli, Fiorentina and Stuttgart, and they are preparing to lose the 22-year-old - and want Bellusci as a possible replacement for Barba.

The report suggests that Empoli do have other names on their shortlist should Barba leave, but Leeds may be bracing themselves for interest in Bellusci over the coming days.

Would you keep or sell Bellusci?

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