Favourite of Leeds chief Cellino agrees terms with top-flight club - report
By Harry Sykes
Former Leeds sporting director Nicolas Salerno is on the verge of joining Serie A club Palermo, according to a report.
Italian publication Gazzetta Dello Sport claim the experienced football executive is set to become the top-flight outfit’s third director of football this season after agreeing the terms of a deal.
The club is in a permanent state of flux under volcanic president Maurizio Zamparini, who shares the erratic nature of countryman and Leeds chief Massimo Cellino.
Salerno is a long-time ally and favourite of Cellino and worked under the Italian for a year at Elland Road as well as for seven years at the Leeds joint-owner’s former club Calgliari.
Gazzetta report that Salerno will sign a contract with Palermo on Monday that will run until the end of the season and includes an option for an additional 12 months.
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The Italian club, are 18th in Serie A and battling against relegation, have already two sacked two managers in Davide Ballardini and Roberto De Zerbi, Eugenio Corini currently the man in command.
Dario Simic was only appointed as sporting director just over a month ago, but already seems to be on his way out.
It is expected that Salerno, who has worked at Cagliari, Catania and Leeds, as well as a spell at Watford as consultant, will replace him next week.
By contrast, Leeds are very settled with Garry Monk at the helm and have genuine ambitions of winning promotion after Friday’s 1-0 win over Derby lifted them to third in the Championship.
In other Leeds news, Monk has made a shock transfer revelation after meeting with new owner Andrea Radrizzani.