Leeds United could get big sell-on fee as Elia Caprile value doubles
Elia Caprile is being courted by clubs in Europe and could bring Leeds United a healthy sell-on fee in the transfer window, according to Tutto Bari.
The 21-year-old was sold by the Whites this summer to SSC Bari in Serie B in Italy where he has not only broken into the first team but also helped them to fifth in the division in what is their first season back at this level following promotion.
La Gazzetta Del Mezzogiorno reported on 11 October that Bari believed the price they had to pay for Caprile was “laughable” and that Leeds had a 50 per cent sell-on clause on the player.
Tutto Bari now claim that Caprile’s value has almost doubled in the time he has been at his new club in his native Italy and clubs are now looking at him as a potential January signing.
Despite the interest, however, Bari are determined to keep the 21-year-old at the club beyond the January window as they look to win back-to-back promotions to the Italian top flight.
With Illan Meslier being such an outstanding goalkeeper, and still very young too, Caprile was hanging around at Thorp Arch just for a spot on the bench and he couldn’t even manage that thanks to Kristoffer Klaesson so a move away was inevitable.
Luckily for Leeds United, Victor Orta was very smart and stubborn in negotiations to ensure that half of the price he sells for is going to return to Yorkshire regardless of what the Italian side tries to do.
Even better for the Whites is that if they decide to buy him back, they will get half of what they pay given right back to them, in theory, and that means he could be bought for a bargain price.
Orta and Jesse Marsch may well be tempted too if he continues this rise through the Italian leagues after excelling on loan in the third tier last season while on loan.
Meslier could easily be bought for mega money one day given the size of his potential and this Italian may well be a very astute piece of business.