Sunday’s edition of Gazzetta di Modena reported Leeds United and Carpi remain in ‘ping-pong’ talks for the transfer of Jerry Mbakogu.

This isn’t delusion from Carpi’s local newspaper, it’s information they’re getting from the club, and follows along the same theme of the past week.

Negotiations with Leeds are described as ‘exhausting’ but there’s still optimism at the Serie B club that a deal can be found with their Championship counterparts.

Monday’s edition of the same newspaper reports the potential transfer has now hit a ‘decisive’ stage, because it’s not expected Mabkogu will show for preseason camp on Wednesday.

Unless there’s a ‘last minute surprise’, Mbakogu won’t be there and it will be an ‘unequivocal sign’ the player will be sold. Whilst Leeds are the main option, it’s not ruled out the striker could go elsewhere, and he’s clearly keen on a transfer this summer.

Perhaps Gazzetta di Modena, who have been pretty even handed throughout, are now getting tired of the whole thing themselves, and state: ‘The immobility of the English club on the market is leaving everyone amazed.’

The insinuation would be it’s not just Carpi who Leeds United are stringing along in transfer talks.