Leeds may face uphill task to bag most 'scintillating target'

Cagliari Sporting Director Nicola Salerno has revealed that big clubs in England are tracking Davide Astori - a player linked with Manchester United, Tottenham and Leeds United.

Reports surfaced on Satuday that Salerno had flown out to England to join up with new Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino.

Salerno’s contract at Cagliari - a club until recently owned by Cellino - ends later this month, and after rejecting an offer from Palermo, he is expected to reunite with Cellino at Elland Road.

Should the 57-year-old indeed take up a role in Yorkshire, he would be responsible for conducting Leeds business in the transfer market - business which could well involve dipping into the talent pool in Italy.

Cellino’s purchase of the club has led to a score of links with Serie A and Serie B players, with a number of his one-time charges at Cagliari said to be of interest to the new Leeds owner.

The most scintillating rumour, however, is surely that Isolani defender David Astori is a Leed target, with the Italian international having reportedly been eyed by Manchester United and Spurs last January.

Il Brivido Sportivo have now published quotes from Salerno discussing Astori’s situation, in which he points to interest from England.

Salerno said: ‘Astori could leave Cagliari, but will not go to Fiorentina. At this moment the big clubs in England are following him. Astori has an international market.’

The major roadblock to Cellino bringing Astori to Elland Road, of course, is the fact that the 27-year-old would have to be convinced to play in the Championship.

It seems highly unlikely, however, that Astori could be persuaded to do so - having already lost his place in the Italian national team for the World Cup, and knowing that top flight clubs are also keen on him.

We are, however, talking about Leeds United - and stranger things have happened in recent years.

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