Crotone pulled off one of the upsets of the season with yesterday’s 2-1 victory over Inter Milan. Going into this weekend’s matches it looked certain Pescara, Palermo and Crotone would be dropping down to Serie B. Empoli would have expected to open up an eight point advantage over Crotone, but they failed to beat bottom placed Pescara at home.
With Crotone’s win over Inter Milan this leaves them just three points off Empoli, and a miraculous escape from relegation could be on the cards with seven games remaining. Empoli next face away trips to Fiorentina and AC Milan, and they won’t be confident of getting anything from either.
This could have implications on Bellusci’s permanent switch from Leeds United to Empoli this summer. It was reported last week an agreement had been found for the defender to sign with the Serie A side for €2m permanently this summer.
A €2m move would be unlikely if Empoli were to drop to down to Serie B, and a return to Leeds United is still possible this summer. Whilst a €2m fee may not seem a huge amount to Leeds United, Serie B’s finances are more restricted than those in the Championship.
Bellusci has long held a desire to play in Serie A, so the player himself may be reluctant if Empoli are relegated. Leeds United are no doubt watching the situation closely.