Leeds' Marco Silvestri
Marco Silvestri appears to be caught between a rock and a hard place at the moment. After spending the entirety of last season glued to the substitutes bench, the Italian chances of kick-starting his career elsewhere could have been scuppered once more.
Bologna News reported recently that Roberto Donadoni’s side were considering offering Silvestri the chance to return to his native Italy, potentially as a replacement for their Juventus-linked, first-choice shot-stopper Antonio Mirante.
Antonio Mirante was reportedly lined up to be Gianluigi Buffon's back-up at Juventus
However, one of Serie A’s most underrated goalkeepers hinted at a prolonged stay at Bologna shortly afterwards, offering a reminder of the fact that he still has two years remaining on his contract.
Furthermore, according to Tuttomercatoweb, newly promoted SPAL were also in the market for Silvestri, with the possibility of a reunion with former Leeds United striker Mirko Antenucci on the cards.
However, the report adds that SPAL have instead turned their attention towards AC Milan goalkeeper Gabriel instead.
Therefore, it appears that Silvestri’s hopes of returning to his homeland this summer may be hanging in the balance. After featuring only in cup competitions in 2016/17, his most recent outing January’s FA Cup defeat to non-league Sutton United, it appears that the Reggio Emilia native needs a fresh start.
Particularly with revived veteran Rob Green rewarded for his finest season in years with a one-year contract extension.
As it stands, however, Silvestri is facing another year collecting splinters rather than shots.
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