Italian side Hellas Verona are reportedly keen on signing Leeds United defender Giuseppe Bellusci, despite owner Massimo Cellino slapping a £5 million price tag on the player.

According to TalkSport, reports in Italy suggest that Leeds would allow the player to leave to join the Serie A side this month.

Verona will be considering the option as they now have a price tag on the player, if they do pay up then Leeds will see a three time return on the £1.6 million fee they paid in the summer of 2014.

The 26-year-old has featured a total of 44 times since his arrival in West Yorkshire, 16 of those appearances coming this season, and he has found the net of two occasions, including a stunning free-kick against Bournemouth last season.

Bellusci is well-experienced in Serie A, making over 100 appearances in Italy’s top competition which has alerted Verona to his availability.

The defender has split opinion amongst many of the Elland Road faithful, and has often been the target of Tweets and messages on social media.

Cellino is said to rate the Italian highly, but will be willing to allow him to leave for the right price.

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