Bologna FC are lining up a bid for Leeds United defender Giuseppe Bellusci, whose proposed deal to move to Empoli is now in doubt, report the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The 27-year-old centre-back spent the season on loan in Italy after then-manager Garry Monk did not see him as part of his first-team plans.

However, Empoli’s recent relegation to Serie B means they are unlikely to take up their option to sign Bellusci permanently.

That leaves the door open for Bologna, who finished 15th in Serie A this season, to move for the player, while other clubs are reportedly interested.

Bellusci moved to Leeds from Catania in 2014, signing a four-year contract, but his last outing for the Whites came in April 2016.

He played 33 times for Empoli this season, scoring once, while Leeds brought in Kyle Bartley on loan from Swansea City and Pontus Jansson on a similar deal from Torino to bolster the defence.

The latter will make his deal permanent on 1st July, making it likely that despite Monk’s unexpected departure late last month, Bellusci will not return to Elland Road.

Leeds fans may not be too disappointed to hear that he is expected to be on his way out of Elland Road.

He was dropped during the 2015-16 season following a number of errors and then reacted to being named as substitute for a game by walking out of training.

He then turned to Twitter to defend himself only to miss pre-season last year due to personal reasons, soon after which he was loaned to Empoli, where he established himself in the first team.

On the move again, however, he is looking for the fifth club of his career having started with Ascoli in 2006 and moved to Catania in 2009.

Empoli’s relegation was confirmed when they lost 2-1 to Palermo and rivals Crotone beat Lazio 3-1 to escape the drop to Italy’s second tier.


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