Leeds United: Viviani set for Latina as Leeds move collapses

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Roma midfielder Federico Viviani is set to join Latina on loan after his proposed move to Leeds United collapsed.

A bizarre transfer saga involving Vivani and Leeds appears to be at an end with Massimo Cellino claiming today that the 22-year-old will not be signing for United.

The club have been discussing a season-long loan with Viviani for the past fortnight and reached an agreement with him at the start of this week.

Cellino told the YEP on Monday that Viviani would join Leeds on a temporary basis with a view to a permanent deal, just 48 hours after claiming that the deal was off.

Viviani spent three days in England discussing the terms of his contract but flew back to Rome last weekend with an agreement still to be reached.

An angry Cellino said Viviani was “out” but quickly relented, and further talks on Monday appeared to have brought the move to a conclusion.

But Viviani’s camp looked again at the possibility of signing for Latina - the Serie B club where the Italy Under-21 international played last season - after failing to receive the paperwork they needed to sign off his switch to Leeds.

Cellino accused Viviani of making “lots of demands”, saying: “He is not coming. He is a good player, a talented player, but I cannot sign someone like that.

“All last week it was demands about this, demands about that, asking for more and more so eventually I said ‘enough’.”

The Italian’s comments are at odds with view of Viviani’s agent, Giovanni Ferro, who said last week that United had failed to provide him with all the necessary documentation, including the player’s contract.

“We think we can’t wait so much time to have the contract,” Ferro said. “Federico is really considering (playing) again for Latina.”

Viviani will hold talks with Latina tomorrow and is now expected to rejoin the club on loan.

The collapse of that deal ends a frustrating week in which Leeds tried and failed to sign centre-back Liam Cooper from Chesterfield.

United, however, are on the verge of securing AC Milan midfielder Zan Benedicic on a season-long move. If the transfer goes through, Leeds will have the option to take the Slovenian on a permanent basis next summer.

Asked what his next move would be, Cellino said: “We need more players, definitely more players. The squad is not strong enough yet.”

United’s new Championship term begins at Millwall in just six days time.

The club completed their pre-season schedule yesterday with a 2-0 win at home over Dundee United.

KILLER BLOW: Leeds United's players show their disappointment after Bersant Celina scores the winner at Portman Road .Picture: Simon Hulme

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