Leeds United have completed the signing of goalkeeper Marco Silvestri and midfielder Tommaso Bianchi, owner Massimo Cellino confirmed today.
Silvestri has joined United on a four-year deal from Italian club Chievo, the second senior keeper to move to Leeds in the past seven days.
The Elland Road club made Stuart Taylor their first signing of the summer last week, taking him on a free transfer from Reading, and confirmation of Silvestri’s arrival looks set to spell the end of Paddy Kenny’s time at Leeds.
Kenny, whose contract expires next summer, has been left behind at Thorp Arch while United’s squad complete a pre-season tour of Italy and he is likely to move on before the Championship season begins on August 9.
Silvestri and Taylor are both training in Italy and should feature in Thursday’s friendly against amateur side FC Gherdeina.
Silvestri, 23, has been out of favour at Chievo and finished last season on loan at Cagliari, the Italian club which Cellino owned until last month.
Bianchi, meanwhile, has agreed a three-year deal with Leeds, with the option of a further 12 months. He could also figure against Gherdeina.
The central midfielder, 25, is a former Italian Under-21 international who has been at Sassuolo since 2011 and spent time on loan at Modena last term.
Cellino said: “It is done and they are signed. We have other players coming.”