By Dominic Toner
Cagliari are interested in signing Leeds goalkeeper Marco Silvestri, according to a report.
Italian outlet Corriere Dello Sport claim that the Serie A club want to sign the 25-year-old in the summer, but have ruled out a move for him in January.
It is understood that Cagliari are looking for a new shot stopper to replace Gabriel next season, who is currently on loan with them from AC Milan.
Silvestri could be offered the chance to re-sign for Cagliari after previously spending a brief loan spell at the club.
Silvestri has struggled for game time this season with the Whites and has made just five appearances across all competitions, but is yet to feature in the Championship.
The Italian has found himself behind the experienced Rob Green in the pecking order and has become the club’s cup goalkeeper in the process.
He established himself as Leeds’ first-choice option when he moved to Elland Road in 2014 and made 92 appearances during his first two seasons.
Football Insider verdict:
Leeds would be reluctant to sell Silvestri in January as they need him as their number two option, but should be open to letting him go in summer. The Whites could begin next season in the Premier League if their promotion bid goes to plan and Green has experience of playing in the top-flight. Garry Monk would surely have to look at bringing in another top quality goalkeeper if they get promoted, leaving Silvestri surplus to requirements. The 25-year-old has proved to be a moderate goalkeeper in the Championship and has been vulnerable to mistakes during his stay. He should favour a move back to Italy where he can pursue regular first-team football, something that he won’t be getting at Leeds anytime soon.
In other Leeds transfer news, the club’s supporters reacted on Twitter to speculation that £7million bids had been submitted for their player.