Italian link sees Leeds United linked with Cagliari wonderkid

Leeds United have been linked to Cagliari's exciting young defender Dario Del Fabro as takeover saga drags on

According to respected journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, Leeds United are interested in 18-year-old defender Dario Del Fabro from Cagliari.

The young defender is renowned as an exciting prospect in Italy, playing at all levels in the Italian youth set-up from the under-16 side, right up to the under-19s.

He made his debut for Cagliari's first-team last season despite only being 17 years of age. He came on as a second half substitution against Italian giants and Serie A Champions Juventus, but unfortunately he was on the end of a 3-1 drumming.

The very next game he made his full debut for the club, playing the full 90 minutes in a tightly contested away match in Rome against another Serie A giant in Lazio. It was a game that unfortunately ended in defeat for the young defender as Lazio ran out 2-1 winners.

In the penultimate game last season, he came off the bench for a second time against Juventus, this time in the iconic Juventus stadium. He played a huge part in restricting them to just one point at home, which saw his reputation take off.

This season he has spent the majority of his time outside the first-team squad. However, he has made two starts for the club, with the first coming in a very good draw to title challengers Napoli and the second was an unfortunate defeat to relegation rivals Livorno.

The 6ft defender has a reputation of being a very good footballing centre-back, as well as being dominant in the air. He would certainly boost the situation at Leeds and offer good competition to Tom Lees, Scott Wootton and Jason Pearce. 

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