Leeds United goalkeeper Elia Caprile is set to leave Elland Road on a permanent deal, with Serie B outfit Bari closing in on a deal.
The Lowdown: Caprile unwanted at Leeds
The 20-year-old has made 19 appearances for the Whites’ Under-23 side but he is yet to make his first-team bow, having arrived from Chievo Verona back in 2020.
Caprile spent last season on loan at Pro Patria, with Marcelo Bielsa unable to promise him even a hint of playing time at Leeds.
The young shot-stopper’s contract at Elland Road expires at the end of this month but it looks as though he will wrap up an exit sooner than that, heading to Italy for a fresh challenge.
The Latest: Youngster set for Bari move
According to Sky Sports journalist Gianluca Di Marzio on Twitter, an agreement is in place for Bari to sign Caprile imminently.
“Bari: agreement in principle for Caprile, goalkeeper of Leeds United,” the reporter wrote on Monday, sharing that it will be a permanent transfer in an attached article.
The Verdict: Right decision by Whites
While Caprile is a talented young goalkeeper, it has been clear for some time that he wasn’t going to make the grade at Leeds.
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In Illan Meslier and Kristoffer Klaesson, Jesse Marsch already has two gifted young stoppers at his disposal, meaning there is no real pathway into the first team.
Caprile could instead blossom into a key player in Serie B with Bari, thriving back in his homeland and being afforded far more playing time than he would ever get at Leeds.
In other news, another Leeds player is thought to be ‘very close’ to leaving the club. Find out who it is here.
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