Having finally offloaded Paddy Kenny, you’d have thought Leeds owner Massimo Cellino would be happy enough with his transfer dealings on Monday.
But it looks like the club could be taking another step forward with news that they are on the verge of bringing one of Brazil’s numerous wonderkids to Elland Road. 20 year old Adryan, could be about to make the move from Cellino’s former club Cagliari if reports emanating from Italy are to be believed.
Not only that, 30 year old Italian Mirko Antenucci is also reportedly ready to join the Cellino revolution with a fee in the region of £1.2 million being bandied about for the Ternana striker.
The news surrounding Adryan in particular will be sure to peak the interest of Leeds fans and while he is yet to sign on the dotted line, his agent, Reinaldo Pitta, has told Italian football journalist, Emanuele Giulianelli, that a transfer could be close.
We are talking with Leeds, but there is nothing signed. I’m in Brazil and Adryan is in Italy, there is still nothing concrete between us and Leeds. Is it false that me or him are in England. This transfer is possible but we still haven’t reached an agreement.
If we are talking it’s clear that he would like to play there.
Adryan is a traditional Brazilian no.10 in the mould of Oscar, Juninho and countless others. He came to prominence in the youth setup of the Brazilian national team where a staring role in the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup saw him linked to Man Utd. The then Flamengo player stayed in his homeland before heading to Cagliari in January for his first taste of European football.
Things started quite well for Adryan in Italy but new Cagliari manager Zdenek Zeman is reportedly willing to let him leave and Leeds could be the club to benefit. He may not be your typical football owner but there’s no doubting that Cellino has kept things interesting around Elland Road.