All of those Leeds fans devastated by the Football League’s refusal to confirm the loan transfer of Andrea Tabanelli may just find that there is some consolation in the pipeline. We may actually have our Italian signing, after all. His name? One Alessandro del Piero. Now that would be something of a coup – and those mourning the loss (apparently) of Tabanelli could cast off their funereal garb and don some happy clothes.
This could just be one of those stories that go with the territory of having a minted owner. We’re going to get rumours with our King of Corn, just as the likes of West Ham did with their King of Porn. But then again, it might just be true – and it might happen even if Boss Brian McDermott isn’t all that keen.
Sports Direct News are reporting that Leeds United’s prospective new owners want to make former Italy international Alessandro Del Piero their marquee signing. The player will be out of contract in September with current club Sydney FC in the Aussie League. At the age of 39, this wouldn’t only be a playing deal; del Piero would also have a coaching role at Elland Road. But a player of such undoubted world class might well have a contribution to make on the field, even at such a venerable age.
On the craziness scale, this probably scores at least a 9.5 – but with the way things are likely to go under the legendarily eccentric and hands-on Cellino, it’s unlikely to be the last bizarre link of some evening star to LS11.
Watch this space…