Leeds deal for 27-year-old defender hangs in the balance - reliable journalist
By Derek Smithson
Giuseppe Bellusci’s permanent move from Leeds to Italian club Empoli now hangs in the balance, according to a reliable journalist.
The 27-year-old’s agent revealed to TuttoMercatoWeb in April that his player could join Empoli in the summer, which would follow on from his season-long loan their this season.
However, Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay has now stated that there is “doubt” over a potential move following Empoli’s relegation from Serie A.
“Bellucci and Empoli relegated from Serie A. Casts some doubt over a permanent move,” Hay wrote on his personal Twitter account.
Bellusci and Empoli relegated from Serie A. Casts some doubt over a permanent move:https://t.co/4JHWZhYtQf
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) May 28, 2017
Bellusci was expected to complete a permanent switch away from Elland Road in the summer, but it’s unclear whether he will be playing in Italy’s second tier next season.
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The defender was loaned out at the beginning of the campaign after struggling to make a positive impact in the Championship, where he was often criticised by fans.
He was recognised for his poor mistakes in defence and for also having a very short fuse during his 61 appearances for the club.
Bellusci has been an ever-present in the Empoli backline this season and picked up 14 yellow cards in just 32 appearances.
Football Insider verdict:
Leeds need to find another suitor if Bellusci’s proposed move to relegated Empoli breaks down as he is unlikely to help them in their bid for promotion next season. The Whites will be hoping they can compete near the top-end of the table in the next campaign and proved effective last season with a strong backline. They may need a replacement for loanee Kyle Bartley at centre-back if they fail to sign him permanently and Bellusci doesn’t have the temperament to do so. The 27-year-old is too rash on the football pitch and is also susceptible to some big mistakes. Leeds need a safe pair of hands at centre-back alongside Pontus Jansson next year and Bellusci should be shipped out of Elland Road at all costs.
In other Leeds transfer news, they are set to sign an attacker next week after triggering a clause.