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Leeds United to appoint Francesco Marroccu from July 1

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino

Francesco Marroccu is reportedly heading to Leeds United.

Leeds owner Massimo CellinoLeeds owner Massimo Cellino

Leeds United will have a new sporting director from July 1, report Italian website Sardegna Sport.

Francesco Marroccu has decided to finish his role at Ascoli, to take the job at Leeds United, the outlet claims, and will join the Whites once his contract expires at the end of June.

Marroccu worked under Cellino at Cagliari, and is well known to the club president.

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino watches from the standsLeeds United owner Massimo Cellino watches from the stands

Leeds United have been without a sporting director since Nicola Salerno departed the club a year ago, but Cellino told The Telegraph earlier this year he planned to appoint one.

Marroccu was linked with joining Leeds last summer by Tutto Mercato Web but it did not materialise and he took the job at Ascoli instead.

One deal he carried out between the two clubs was bringing Tommasso Bianchi to Ascoli from Leeds on loan mid-season. 

Tommaso Bianchi - Leeds UnitedTommaso Bianchi - Leeds United

Leeds United earlier this month appointed Garry Monk as head coach, who will be expected to work alongside Marroccu as the club seek to put together a campaign where they challenge for promotion to the Premier League.

Leeds United Chairman Massimo CellinoLeeds United Chairman Massimo Cellino

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