By Sean Fisher

20th Dec, 2022 | 10:12pm

Waiting for Fabiano Parisi could turn into a costly mistake for Leeds United

Leeds United reportedly agreed terms to sign Empoli left-back Fabiano Parisi in the summer but it seems they’ll have to wait another six months before trying again.

Junior Firpo has turned out to be a flop at Elland Road following his move from Barcelona, and Jesse Marsch wanted to replace him with Parisi in the summer.

Parisi’s agent Mario Giuffredi told Tutto Mercato Web back in September that Leeds had agreed terms with Empoli for the 22-year-old in the summer before the player decided against completing the move.

The Whites weren’t able to bring in another left-back on such short notice, leaving Pascal Struijk to fill the void. Parisi will likely be on Marsch’s shopping list again next month, but the 22-year-old has urged Leeds to wait until the summer.

Speaking to Tutto Mercato Web, Parisi said: “I am very pleased that the great clubs are following me, but today I am concentrated only on Empoli.

“We will talk about the transfer market in June”.

A nervous wait

Marsch and the Leeds hierarchy are clearly big fans of Parisi, but they now have to assess whether it’s worth waiting another few months for his signature.

Struijk has done well at left-back this season but would much rather return to a central role, and Jack Harrison and Luis Sinisterra will both likely benefit on the left wing from having a natural left-back overlapping them.

However, Leeds are in another relegation fight this year and there’s no guarantee they retain their Premier League status this season. If they do go down, Marsch would likely lose his job and any chances of landing Parisi can be forgotten.

It’s a huge risk for the club to wait for Parisi in the summer when a left-back is needed immediately. It’s a decision that Marsch and Victor Orta need to make sooner rather than later.

If another left-back target becomes available for a reasonable price next month it could be worth forgetting all about Parisi.

In other Leeds United news, Mateusz Klich is still unsure about whether to leave for D.C United next month