Club director provides update regarding Leeds United linked Raphael Martinho

Raphael Martinho tackles Paul Pogba

Carpi sporting director Giancarlo Romairone has confirmed that the Italian side have been in contact with interested clubs over the sale of Raphael Martinho.

Raphael Martinho tackles Paul Pogba

Speaking to Tutto Mercato, Carpi sporting director Giancarlo Romairone has gone on to confirm that his side have been in contact with various clubs regarding the transfer of Raphael Martinho.

Martinho struggled for regular first-team football at Carpi last season, making a total of only 13 appearances in all competitions and following the club’s relegation into Serie B, it is now widely expected that the 28-year-old will be leaving the Stadio Alberto Braglia this summer.

A number of clubs are believed to be interested in signing Martinho and recently, Tutto Mercato claimed that Championship club Leeds United were interested in the Brazilian.

Leeds have had a long standing interest in Martinho and the Yorkshire Evening Post had claimed that the Whites were monitoring the winger last summer. However, complication with Martinho’s passport was believed to have prevented a deal and he joined Carpi instead.

Swansea manager Garry Monk

With Martinho seemingly surplus to requirements at Carpi at the moment, Leeds now stand a very good chance of finally signing the attacker and now the sporting director of the Italian side has given a key update regarding the prospective transfer.

Speaking about Martinho, Carpi sporting director Giancarlo Romairone confirmed that although there have been no negotiations initiated; the Italian side have been in contact with interested clubs over the transfer of the former Hellas Verona man.

Romairone was quoted saying by Tutto Mercato, “With the clubs there was direct contact. No negotiations yet.”

Romairone then went on to speak regarding Martinho’s link with Bari and hinted that he is unaware of the links by saying, "I do not know if Bari has talked with the agent of the player."

Raphael Martinho scores against Inter Milan

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch