Talks underway: Top-flight club line up swoop for Leeds 26-year-old - Sky journalist
By Danny Wright
Italian top-flight club Hellas Verona are lining up a swoop for Leeds goalkeeper Marco Silvestri, according to a reliable journalist.
Sky Italy reporter Gianluca Di Marzio claimed on his personal website that talks are already underway between the Whites and Verona, who secured promotion to Serie A last season.
Leeds are currently well stocked in the goalkeeping department, with Thomas Christiansen signing up Felix Wiedwald from Werder Bremen to add to Silvestri and Rob Green.
It now looks as though the Championship outfit are close to thinning their options a bit with the sale of Silvestri, who failed to earn a single league appearance last term.
The 26-year-old featured just six times in Garry Monk’s first-term plans last time out as he only played in the EFL Cup and FA Cup.
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He signed for Leeds from Chievo in 2014, but the Italian now looks as though he could on be on his way back to his homeland after making 98 total appearances for the Yorkshire giants.
Football Insider Verdict
Leeds have been one of the busiest teams in the Championship transfer market this summer in terms of incoming players, so it is only natural that Christiansen would have to axe a few members of the squad that would be considered as deadwood. Silvestri has been a good goalkeeper for Leeds, but Green’s domination over the No 1 spot last season looked to put his future in doubt, and no with Wiedwald’s signing, it looks as though there’s no way back for the Italian. Hellas Verona are a decent club that are steeped in history. Silvestri would be a top addition for a newly promoted Serie A side and perhaps be their main man between the sticks next season. The deal could be a win-win for all concerned.
In other Leeds news, the Whites have all but completed the signing of this top-flight defender.