Leeds United: Mirco Antenucci could leave Elland Road for free

Mirco Antenucci.
Mirco Antenucci.
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Leeds United are at risk of losing Mirco Antenucci for nothing in the summer.

Reports in Italy suggest that Serie B duo Novara and Ascoli are both interested in signing the Italian striker.

Bari and Cagliari are also reported to have made enquiries over a potential switch.

Antenucci’s contract expires at the end of the season, which means he could begin negotiations for a pre-contract agreeement with overseas sides as soon as the January transfer window opened.

No new deal has currently been agreed between Antenucci and Leeds.

The 31-year-old striker is Leeds’ second top scorer this season in all competitions, with five goals to his name. That record comes despite Antenucci making 11 of his appearances in the league from the bench, half of his overall total of 22.

I still don’t know. My contract expires next June, let’s see what happens.

Mirco Antenucci

Antenucci’s contract has long been the subject of speculation. Last season it was revealed that his deal was incentivised to reward him with an extra year should he score 12 goals. There were suggestions at the time that owner Massimo Cellino tried to influence team selection to avoid that outcome.

Speaking in November, Antenucci admitted his Leeds United future was up in the air.

Asked about his contract situation, he said: “I still don’t know. My contract expires next June, let’s see what happens.”