Leeds United have reached an agreement with Bari for Elia Caprile to move to the Serie B club on a permanent deal, according to Corriere dello Sport.
The Italian newspaper reported on Friday (June 24, page 26) that negotiations are now ‘closed’ between Los Blancos and the newly promoted Italian second division club.
Sky Sports Italy’s Gianluca Di Marzio reported on June 21 that Caprile, 20, has signed a three-year contract with Bari while the Yorkshire Evening Post (June 22) claim Leeds should receive a small compensation for the Italian keeper.
Leeds’ goalkeeping department needs to be addressed this summer.
Until he leaves, Illan Meslier is expected to be number one at Elland Road next season and Kristoffer Klaesson is expected to be involved to some extent after being second-choice goalkeeper last season.
However, since the end of last season, Caprile has returned from a loan spell at Pro Patria and Kiko Casilla’s loan spell at Elche has come to an end.
Leeds then have Dani van den Heuvel, Darryl Ombang and Harry Christy further down their pecking order, so there is no shortage of promising young shooters at Elland Road.
Casilla could also be shown the way out with him in the final year of his contract and The Athletic journalist Phil Hay recently said on his podcast (June 23) that he feels a new goalkeeper of experienced goal would be signed.
If that happens, Caprile will be competing with van den Heuvel to be Leeds’ fourth goalkeeper behind Meslier, Klaesson and whoever else might come in.
As a result, it makes sense for the young Italian to move on.
We wish him all the best at Bari, a club with a huge stadium, a big fanbase and who have just been promoted to Serie B.
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