Jerry Mbakogu hasn’t been in Carpi’s last five match-day squads.

There’s been various reports about the striker’s injuries, with worrying claims, especially for Leeds United, of a long term knee issue causing the footballer problems.

There’s also been muscle problems and illness recently, and Mbakogu simply hasn’t been on the pitch enough for Carpi.

In February, Carpi’s general manager Matteo Scali was quoted as saying“There’s a gentleman agreement with Leeds for June.”

Now there’s a suggestion that Mbakogu’s issues may not all be related to fitness, and it could be more to do with him looking forward to the Elland Road move.

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Gianni Rosati is an Italian director of sport, and ‘market expert’ according to Corriere Adriatico, and he’s been speaking ahead of Ascoli’s match against Carpi.

Rosati has worked at both clubs but wants Ascoli to triumph as they’re in a relegation battle, so he doesn’t want Mbakogu to play. But it’s what Rosati said about a transfer which is more interesting from an English perspective: “For Ascoli it would be better if he doesn’t play, even if his head is now in England, at Leeds.”

Another big hint, if any more were needed, that Leeds United look to have wrapped up the signing of Jerry Mbakogu.