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Leeds: Whites keen on Fabiano Parisi

Leeds: Whites keen on Fabiano Parisi -Leeds United News

Leeds United are reportedly interested in making a move for Empoli left-back Fabiano Parisi, according to the player’s agent, Mario Giuffredi.

The Lowdown: Left-back shortage

Jesse Marsch has strengthened his squad significantly this summer, using the money received for Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha effectively and bringing in a host of new players.

One area of the pitch where Leeds arguably still look a little light is left-back, however, with Junior Firpo still the only recognised option there and Stuart Dallas out with a long-term injury.

It looks as though Marsch is on the lookout for a player in that area, following a fresh update.

The Latest: Leeds keen on Parisi signing

Speaking to Tuttomercatoweb, Giuffredi confirmed Leeds’ interest in Parisi, with a January move mooted:

“Yes, the last few days of the market have been very hectic. I consider him a great team player, he can be the transfer man for January or for the summer.

“He is of the highest standard. He can aspire to important goals. We had many clubs, from Atalanta to Turin to Fiorentina, Leeds and Nice, also in agreement with Empoli we decided to wait.”

The Verdict: Exciting option

Parisi could be exactly what Leeds are after in terms of quality and squad depth, with the 21-year-old someone who would represent a long-term acquisition.

The youngster is a key player for Empoli, starting five Serie A games already this season and playing 53 times in total, not to mention winning five caps for Italy’s Under-21 side.

An average of three tackles and two clearances per game in the league this season highlight how strong a defender he is, and he unsurprisingly ranks as Empoli’s best player in 2022/23, per Whoscored.

One of his closest stylistic matches is actually Leeds fan favourite Dallas, say statistical experts FBRef, and any sort of career like the one the Northern Irishman has enjoyed in Yorkshire would certainly be a success story.


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