A ‘close collaborator’ for Leeds United chief Andrea Radrizzani has been in Sicily to meet with Palermo president Dario Mirri as he eyes up the Italian club.

That’s according to MediaGol, who say talks have been held, potentially over a takeover of the stricken side.

They report that Radrizzani’s man Sandro Mencucci, who is also a member of Leeds United’s board, met with the president of the Sicilian club, Dario Mirri, to hold talks about a potential takeover.

The website explains that Radrizanni has been keen to buy an Italian side for some time and tried to buy Bari in 2018 before then trying with Salernitana earlier this year.

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Now he is showing ‘particular attention’ to Palermo, and last February, Radrizzani actually met with Mirri to hold talks.

The two are close friends, linked by a ‘deep and long-standing relationship of esteem and friendship’ after meeting several years ago.

Indeed their friendship predates Mirri’s move into football with Palermo, and it seems Radrizzani is now looking to help out his friend.

Palermo are in desperate need of a takeover, and it’s expected a sale will happen within the year, so a member of Leeds board being seen in Sicily is seen as an ‘important clue’ hinting at a sale.

Mencucci ‘personally led’ the talks for Salernitana, so he is very much Radrizzani’s man when it comes to takeovers.

The suggestion is that Leeds could soon find themselves as part of a growing network of football clubs, with one of the most famous names in Italian football seemingly in their owner’s sights.