Transfer Focus: Leeds showing signs of moving towards Italian transfer policy

Massimo Cellino’s time as owner of Leeds United saw a huge influx of Italian-based signings arrive at Elland Road. Mirco Antenucci, Marco Silvestri, Gaetano Berardi and Giuseppe Bellusci all came in from Italy during the 62-year-old’s ownership, but that influence seems to have waned in recent years.

Even though the club is still run by an Italian, Leeds have rarely looked towards Serie A, B or C for their signings while Andrea Radrizzani has been in charge. However, that may be about to change.

New policy

The Whites have been sniffing around a few players based in Italy as of late, with Stephy Mavididi and Michael Folorunsho linked to the club.

Interestingly, the Whites have also sent people over to Inter to discuss the possibility of loaning some youth players. It looks like the Yorkshire side may be considering reverting back to the transfer policy they used under Cellino’s ownership.

Taking Orta’s example

This isn’t the first time Leeds have shown signs of crafting their transfer policy around players from one nation.

The Whites seemed to be interested in gaining a Spanish cohort of players, and that should come as no surprise due to the influence Victor Orta has on transfers.

It seems that Radrizzani also has his own ideas on which type of players should be brought into the club, as his right-hand man Lorenzo Tonetti was identified as the representative who went to speak to Inter.

The owner may be looking to follow his Director of Football’s lead by looking towards his home nation for potential signings. We have seen Leeds bring in Samu Saiz and Kiko Casilla since Orta got the job, and plenty of Spaniards have been linked this summer. But their transfer policy may shift towards a more Italian-centric system.

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