Leeds in talks to sell Bellusci to PAOK

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Leeds United are in talks to sell controversial defender Giuseppe Bellusci to Greek club PAOK, according to Tutto Mercato Web.

The Italian transfer site claim that Bellusci, 27, is closing in on a move to the top-flight club after his agent Michelangelo Minieri yesterday met PAOK officials in Germany, where the team are on a training camp.

Tutto Mercato Web report that the centre-back is likely to terminate his contract with Leeds in order to complete a move to PAOK ahead of the new season.

New Leeds manager Thomas Christiansen revealed on Wednesday night that Bellusci is not in his plans for 2017-18 even though he has a year remaining on his contract.

The Italian was selected in the team for the opening two pre-season friendlies but was jeered by supporters, who made it clear they have not forgotten the incidents that marked his two years in a Leeds shirt before hie loan last season at Empoli.

Bellusci was signed in the summer of 2014 for £1.6million but was sent off on his debut against Watford and infuriated fans when he was among a group of players who refused to play among ex-manager Neil Redfearn, seemingly on the instructions of then-chairman Massimo Cellino.

The Italian centre-back spent 2016-17 at Empoli, where he made 33 appearances in all competitions, but their relegation from the top flight on the final day of the season eliminated his chances of converting his temporary stay into a permanent one.

Bellusci has been the subject of reported interest from Serie A duo Cagliari and Bologona, with reports in Italy even mooting the possibility of a swap deal with giant Poland defender Bartosz Salamon heading in the opposite direction. 

It now appears that he could join PAOK as Leeds continue their extensive summer overhaul, which already includes nine confirmed new signings.

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