By Harvey Byrne
Leeds target Raphael Martinho is set to snub the Whites, as he looks ready to join Bari and reunite with current sporting director Sean Sogliano, according to a report.
Gazzetta dello Sport journalist and transfer expert Emanuele Giulianelli claimed on his personal Twitter account on Thursday evening that Leeds were in the driving seat to sign the former Carpi star.
However, Italian publication Corriere dello Sport claims that the 28-year-old Brazilian is ready to accept an offer from the Serie B club and could join them next week to reunite with Sogliano after they were both at Hellas Verona together.
The versatile wide-man can play on both wings, in central midfield and behind the striker as a number 10, and has six years of experience in Italy.
Martinho was part of the Carpi side that were relegated last season from Serie A after finishing 18th in the Italian top-flight, and Leeds owner Massimo Cellino had hoped to use his Italian connections to bring the Brazilian to Elland Road.
The former Hellas Verona ace was largely a fringe player, featuring just 11 times for the Biancorossi after signing from Catania last summer.
Leeds are desperate to add width to their squad, with just Stuart Dallas, new signing Hadi Sacko and fringe player Jordan Botaka the only recognised first-team wingers in Garry Monk’s squad.
It’s not the first time that the Whites have been linked with the Brazilian, or reportedly turned down by him.
Last summer, the Yorkshire Evening Post reported that Leeds were in contention to sign Martinho, who instead opted to join Carpi.
Leeds have already been busy this summer, after confirming the signings of six new recruits. The latest new face to walk through the Elland Road gates was League Two Player of the Year, Kemar Roofe.
In other Leeds transfer news, the Whites are confident Charlie Taylor will start the season at Elland Road.