Leeds United are tracking young Atalanta goalkeeper Marco Carnesecchi, according to Italian news outlet TuttoB.
The Yorkshire giants bolstered their goalkeeping options in January by snapping up Elia Caprile from Chievo and it seems they now have an eye on his fellow Italian Canesecchi, who has been on loan at Serie B club Trapani this season.
The 19-year-old has made 24 appearances across all competitions for Trapani, keeping just two clean sheets for the 18th-placed Serie B club.
Leeds have clearly been impressed by Carnesecchi’s displays for Trapani this season with TuttoB reporting that they, and Arsenal, are hot on the heels of the Italy Under-21 international, who is due to return to Champions League dark horses Atalanta at the end of his loan spell.
SerieBNews has recently reported that Carnesecchi has been one of the stand-out players in Italy’s second-tier this season despite Trapani’s lowly position and amid interest from the Premier League, he could be valued up to £10.6million by Atalanta once the transfer window opens.
That is a lot of money but Leeds may be in need of a new goalkeeper ahead of next season with Illan Meslier’s loan deal coming to an end and doubts surrounding the future of Kiko Casilla, who was hit with an eight-match ban for racist abuse at the start of this month.
If Leeds are willing to pay over £10million for Carnesecchi then there’s no doubt that he would be seen as the number one goalkeeper at Elland Road.
The young Italian seems to have a lot of potential and with Atalanta punching above their weight in both the Champions League and Serie A, there’s a good chance they’ll want a premium fee for him from Premier League clubs.
And, of course, Leeds could be one of those Premier League clubs by the time next season comes around based on their impressive Championship position.
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