Empoli have been linked with Leeds United’s Giuseppe Bellusci.
According to Pianeta Empoli, Empoli have upped the ante in their bid to sign top target Giuseppe Bellusci as they plan to have talks with the Leeds United player over the next 24 hours.
The report claims that Empoli is to hold talks with player’s agent in order to see if a transfer is viable while adding that the Yorkshire club requests a fee of just over €2 million [roughly £1.58 million].
Leeds are currently in the midst of an interesting period following continued pressure on owner Massimo Cellino to leave the club and the arrival of newly-appointed boss Gary Monk.
Monk will be desperate to add to his ranks this summer while holding on to the club’s prized assets, yet in Bellusci’s case the former Swansea City boss may be tempted to let him go.
Bellusci joined Leeds from Catania in 2014 and quickly established himself as a first-team member.
However, after a succession of poor performances towards the end of last season, the Italian was dropped from first-team duties by then boss Steve Evans and tipped for an exit this summer.
The 26-year-old made 27 Championship appearances last season, though question marks remain over his suitability for English football with a return to Italy seemingly on the cards.
Should Leeds be able to make a seven-figure deal on a potential sale, most supporters would deem it a decent transaction for a player who many feel is no longer good enough for where the club want to go.