Sky Italia are reporting that Leeds United are keen on a deal to secure the services of Pescara midfielder Birkir Bjarnason with the Icelandic international available on a free transfer this summer.

Leeds chairman Massimo Cellino has been eyeing targets from his native Italy in a bid to strengthen their squad ahead of a promotion challenging season next term.

27 year-old Bjarnason has enjoyed an incredible season with Serie B side Pescara, and the club are currently in a play-off final against Bologna for promotion to Italy’s highest division.

Much of the side’s success this season can be attributed to Bjarnason who has been instrumental from midfield; scoring 12 goals, the second highest at the club, and contributing numerous assists as well.

The central-midfielder has experienced top flight football previously with Pescara, who were in the Serie A as recently as 2012/13, and then for Sampdoria during 2013/14 before moving back to Pescara after winning a bid via co-ownership for the player.

Having 37 caps for his country, the player has scored six international goals and was capped at numerous youth levels; including the U17 and U21 setups.


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