The Yorkshire Evening Post reports that Bologna have entered the race to sign Leeds United central defender Giuseppe Bellusci. He spent last season on loan at Empoli, but relegation for the Italian club put a severe dent into the prospect of a permanent transfer.

Bologna finished three places and nine points above rivals Empoli in the Italian Serie A last season as they avoided relegation. Managed by former Italian head coach Roberto Donadoni, the club are looking to possibly take Bellusci away from Elland Road permanently.

Bellusci still has one-year remaining on his contract with Leeds, but is highly likely to be seeking pastures new in the coming weeks and months. He last pulled on the famous jersey back in April 2016, which was a 3-2 home victory against Reading. He made 31 appearances for the club in the 2015/16 campaign, before heading back to Italy last season. Whilst at Empoli, he played 33 times, picking up 15 yellow cards! He also scored in the September home victory over Crotone, who went on to avoid relegation.

Then head coach Garry Monk was happy to the 27-year-old to move on, after deeming him out of his immediate plans. The managerial change is unlikely to suddenly propel Bellusci back into the fold at Leeds, with him seemingly having his heart set on staying in Italy long term.

The signings of Pontus Jansson and Kyle Bartley pushed Bellusci even further down the pecking order this time last season. Although Bartley has returned to Swansea City and is almost certainly not returning, Bellusci isn’t set to become a regular any time soon. Liam Cooper, a Scotland international, remains on the books, plus it is likely to be an area the new head coach will visit.

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