Jerry Mbakogu to Leeds United continues to be considered as done in Italy. For months there have been reports that it’s just a matter before the player arrives at Elland Road, and that continued at the end of the season.
When Mbakogu got his Italian passport it was reported as underlining his move to Leeds, and removing the need for a work permit. When the striker played his last game of the season for Carpi it was presented as a goodbye match before the switch to England.
There’s been public comments from Carpi officials backing up the switch, and if the move doesn’t happen now there’s going to be huge surprise.
Corriere dello Sport also take it as done, saying the player will go to Leeds for around €3m.
With the season finished the next step for Mbakogu would be a medical, and Leeds will want to make sure it’s a thorough one. With knee issues ruining the second half of the player’s season, the Championship club need to convince themselves that’s all now over.
Then the paperwork can be sorted out and Mbakogu look forward to being able to prove people wrong. If in Italy it’s been clear for months they feel a move to Leeds is happening, it’s also been clear how highly the player is rated at Carpi.