Back on June 28, InsideFutbol reported that Leeds United were interested in Uruguayan striker Felipe Avenatti. They [InsideFutbol] also wrote back then that both Leeds United, and Aston Villa who were also reputedly interested in Avenatti’s signature, were likely tp miss out to Italian suitors. The Italian team in question are none other than Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino’s old team Cagliari who were said to be ready to offer the physically imposing Avenatti a 3-year contract. However, it is now July 21, nearly a month later and still no contract has been agreed.
“Al momento non so quale è la situazione, devo fare il punto con il mio procuratore” – Felipe Avenatti July 20 Cagliari News 24
“At the moment I do not know what the situation, I have to make the point with my agent” – Translation
With the hold up, and current news is that Ternana are holding out for what they believe the tall Uruguayan to be worth with InsideFutbol purporting that figure to be in the region of €4m/£2.78m, a figure that would double Ternana’s available transfer budget for next season. A sale at this price (€4m/£2.78m) would represent a tidy profit for the Italian second tier side who paid £1.75m for the 6′ 5″ striker in 2013. Last season Avenatti scored 11 Serie B goals and provided five assists for Ternana, these goals being scored at a rate of a goal per 275 minutes.
Whilst he remains unsigned by Cagliari, and until he signs with some other team, there will always be the rumours that Leeds United are interested in acquiring his services. However, that may seem both remote and fanciful as, in the meantime, Leeds United have invested heavily in the purchase of Chris Wood from premier League side Leicester City.