By Sean Fisher

20th Dec, 2022 | 9:10pm

Leeds United could be set for financial windfall as Elia Caprile clause proves to be Victor Orta masterstroke

Elia Caprile’s time at Leeds United didn’t go according to plan, but the young goalkeeper shining in Italy is great news for the club’s bank account.

Caprile spent two years at Elland Road between 2020 and 2022, but the Italian shot-stopper was unable to push ahead of Illan Meslier in the pecking order in Yorkshire.

The 21-year-old spent an impressive loan spell at Pro Patria last season and has now completed a permanent move to Bari, where he has continued to shine.

But Caprile may not be at Bari for long, with Bari Repubblica reporting that “the spotlights of many Serie A clubs are focused on Elia Caprile, ready to invest in what could sooner or later become the number 1 of the national team.”

Sky Sport’s Walter Zenga added to the praise, naming Caprile in his top five current Italian goalkeepers. [Bari Repubblica]

It may initially sound like bad news that Leeds let a future Italy No.1 go this summer, but a clause included in his contract by Victor Orta means the Whites could be set to pocket millions from his imminent sale.

As reported by LaGazzettaDelMezzogiorno, Orta included a 50% sell-on fee in Caprile’s contract. Hopefully, clubs spend big on Caprile in the summer and Leeds can benefit from their investment in the shot-stopper.

Frankly, Meslier has always been Leeds’ long-term project at Elland Road and regardless of his performances it would have taken so much for Caprile to budge Meslier as the club’s starting goalkeeper.

So the best case scenario for the club would have been letting Caprile go and gather some vital game time while also making the club money from his sale.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites have started a scouting mission trying to find a new hidden gem in the transfer window.