Incoming Chelsea boss Antonio Conte keeping tabs on Genoa striker Leonardo Pavoletti, who snubbed Leeds in 2015

The Italian nearly joined Leeds United in January 2015.

Incoming Chelsea boss Antonio Conte sent his scouts to check out three players in Italian football last night – as reported by Football Italia.

Conte sent his assistant to watch Genoa beat Inter Milan 1-0 last night to keep tabs on Inter pair Jeison Murillo and Ivan Perisic, as well as Genoa striker Leonardo Pavoletti – a player who nearly joined Leeds in January 2015.

In December 2014 Leeds United began putting plans in place to snap up Sassuolo striker Leonardo Pavoletti. Nicolas Salerno, Leeds' sporting director, confirmed interest in the player, as reported by the IB Times.

Pavoletti even travelled to Leeds. In late December, according to, he came to watch Leeds face Wigan Athletic and went on a tour of the club's facilities.

He was struggling for first-team football at Sassuolo, despite scoring 24 goals on loan at Varese in the 2013-14 season during a loan spell.

But he snubbed Leeds, instead joining Genoa in January 2015.

After initially struggling at Genoa the 27-year-old has scored 12 goals in 22 games for Genoa this season and Conte is said to be considering calling him up to the Italy squad ahead of Euro 2016.

Whether he then goes after him when Chelsea boss will remain to be seen.

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