By Craig Scott

21st Apr, 2022 | 11:10am

Leeds United director heads to Juventus Stadium, Elland Road-linked Weston McKennie nowhere to be seen

Leeds United director Sandro Mencucci headed to Juventus on Wednesday night to watch their Coppa Italia semi-final win over Fiorentina.

Mencucci took to his personal Instagram account on 20 April to show an image of the two teams lining up at the Allianz Stadium ahead of kick-off.

Florence-born Mencucci is a close ally of Andrea Radrizzani and is not only on the board of directors with Leeds but he also works for Radrizzani’s Aser Group.

From 2002 to 2019, he served as a CEO and board director at Fiorentina, who lost 2-0 to Juventus in the game he attended.

Business or leisure?

We might never know the real reason behind Mencucci’s decision to attend Juventus’ clash against Fiorentina on Wednesday night.

At the end of the day, he was born Florence and used to work at Fiorentina so there’s a good chance he was simply there to cheer on his old club.

However, there could have been a chance that some business was involved too.

While he was nowhere to be seen in the squad due to an injury, Juventus and USA midfielder Weston McKennie has been linked with Leeds this season.

On 18 December, The Sun reported that Leeds were interested in signing the 23-year-old, who’s valued at £20million by Juve.

And prior to being hired by Leeds as their new manager, Jesse Marsch spoke to The Athletic about his admiration of his fellow American.

Speaking in February, the Leeds boss said: “I love Weston McKennie. But he, like Dybala, can be outstanding one day, flat on another.”

Mencuccu is unlikely to have been there to talk about signing McKennie as that’s something Victor Orta would have done.

However, you can guarantee that based on his seat within the Allianz Stadium on Wednesday, he’d have been in close proximity to Juventus’ top brass and could have been put there as a sweetener for any potential summer swoop.

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