By David Woods

31st Jul, 2020 | 12:32pm

'The Athletic understands' – Leeds set sights on 29y/o who has played defence & winger for Italy

Leeds United have “cast their eye’ over Italy international Allessandro Florezni, a right-back who also plays in midfield and on the wing.

The Athletic claim that the player is set to leave Roma in the summer, despite being under contract there until 2023.

Florenzi came up through the youth ranks at Roma and has made 280 appearances for the Serie A side, scoring 28 goals and adding 32 assists.

The report says, “The Athletic understands Leeds have cast their eye over Alessandro Florenzi, a Roma player with a level of versatility — he can play full-back and midfield — which could suit Bielsa.”

The report claims that Sampdoria, Fiorentina and Atalanta are also interested in Florenzi but names one hitch – that with Euro 2020 now happening next year, his first preference is to stay in Italy.

Florenzi has 35 caps for Italy, where he’s played as a right-back, a right-sided midfielder, in central midfield and on the wing.

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A number of names that have come up in connection with Leeds have come with one quality in common – versatility.

Bielsa likes to work with a small squad of players but the Premier League is going to come with a brand new set of demands for Leeds.

Having players that can cover a number of different positions could be key to a successful campaign.

The club is light in defence and in midfield, and the inexperienced Ian Poveda is currently the back-up on the wings.

Stuart Dallas has shown how valuable it is to have players who can thrive in a number of different positions.

Florenzi shows the calibre of player Leeds are looking at now they’re in the Premier League, but it seems that he’s keen to stay in Italy.

As always, we only want players who are desperate to come and wear the White at Elland Road.

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