First it was thought that Ascoli were the front runners for Mirco Antenucci’s signature, a signature that would affirm a return to his native Italy.
However, in recently surfacing news, it seems that Ascoli gave a rival for their attempt to sign the Leeds United frontman. According to Tuttomercatoweb, Italian side Pescara have leapt in and stolen a march ahead of their rivals for Antenucci’s signature. TMW say “Ascoli, are at this time, in the background. Pescara now have entered [the race]and has a better chance to close the deal. Also vying against Bari, but the Pescara push hard [for the deal].”
Antenucci’s contract is due up at the end of the season and, even though Leeds manager Steve Evans says he wants the bearded Italian to stay at Elland Road, it seems likely that the likeable Italian crowd favourite will continue his football back in his homeland.
Mirco Antenucci’s 18 months in English football have garnered 15 goals with the 10 he scored in the last Championship campaign marking him out as the club’s top scorer for the season. Leeds United’s adoption of the 4-5-1 formation has meant that Antenucci has had to be content with a lack of game time and more bench time, being unsuited to the lone striker role. This has led some sources also say that the Italian is ready for a return to Italian football.