By Craig Scott

25th Jun, 2022 | 12:00pm

Negotiations close for Leeds United goalkeeper Elia Caprile to join Bari

Leeds United have agreed a deal with Bari for Elia Caprile to head to the Serie B club on a permanent deal, according to Corriere dello Sport.

The Italian newspaper reported on Friday (24 June, page 26) that negotiations are now “closed” between the Whites and the newly-promoted Italian second-tier club.

Sky Sports Italy’s Gianluca Di Marzio reported on 21 June that Caprile, 20, is signing a three-year deal with Bari while the Yorkshire Evening Post (22 June) claims Leeds should receive a small amount of compensation for the Italian goalkeeper.

Clearing up space

Leeds’ goalkeeping department does need addressing this summer.

As long as he doesn’t leave, Illan Meslier should be the number one at Elland Road next season and Kristoffer Klaesson is likely to be involved to a degree after serving as the second-choice goalkeeper last term.

However, since last season ended, Caprile has returned from a loan spell at Pro Patria and Kiko Casilla’s loan spell at Elche has ended.

Leeds then have Dani van den Heuvel, Darryl Ombang and Harry Christy further down their pecking order so there’s no short supply of up-and-coming young shot-stoppers at Elland Road.

Casilla could also be shown the exit door with him in the final year of his contract and The Athletic journalist Phil Hay has recently said on his podcast (23 June) that he has a feeling a new experienced goalkeeper will be signed.

If that happens that Caprile will be competing with van den Heuvel to be Leeds’ fourth-choice goalkeeper behind Meslier, Klaesson and whoever might come in.

As a result, it makes sense for the young Italian to move on.

We wish him all the best at Bari, a club with a massive stadium, a big fanbase and have just been promoted to Serie B.

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