Leeds United are likely to cut their losses on defender Giuseppe Bellusci and sell him in a cut-price deal this summer, according to a reliable journalist.
Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay took to Twitter on Monday to deliver an update on the future of the controversial centre-back.
Asked by a Leeds supporter if the club could be forced to turn back to Bellusci following the end of his season-long loan at Empoli, Hay replied on his personal Twitter account that he did not expect to see the Italian again at Elland Road.
The expectation of the Leeds expert is that the club “might cut their losses” in order to agree a permanent transfer with Empoli.
most likely he’ll stay in Italy. He’s got 12 months left at Leeds so Leeds might cut their losses and find a way to do a deal with Empoli
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) June 5, 2017
The Italian outfit suffered relegation to Serie B in the recent domestic campaign after finishing in 18th place in the top flight with only 32 points and eight wins from 38 league games.
The combative defender made 33 appearances for Empoli in 2016-17 and proved to be one of the first names on the team sheet in his loan side’s fight against relegation, only missing matches through suspension after picking up 15 yellow cards.
The four-time Italy Under-21 international moved to Leeds in August 2014 and made 61 league and cup appearances before former manager Garry Monk offloaded him to Empoli last summer.
It now remains to be seen if the Championship giants can strike a deal to permanently offload the Italian defender, who has 12 months left on his current contract at Elland Road.