Empoli left-back Fabiano Parisi has told TuttoMercatoWeb that he is flattered by interest from “great clubs” after his agent claimed Leeds United were one of a number of sides interested in signing the £13million-rated defender.

Parisi, 22, joined Empoli in the summer of 2020 – and has since starred for the Serie A club. He has clocked up 62 outings for Empoli since, having a hand in six goals. Parisi’s form has seen him even called up to represent Italy.

Yet to win a cap, but a clear indication of just the direction his career is heading in. Italian newspaper Gazzetta Dello Sport report quotes from his agent, who said Leeds are among those interested, towards the end of the summer.

Now, Parisi – who is rated at £13million – has spoken to TMW. He says he is flattered by interest in his services. But, his focus is on remaining with Empoli – at least, until June. He has a contract the Serie A side until the summer of 2025.

“I am very pleased that the great clubs are following me, but today I am concentrated only on Empoli. We will talk about the transfer market in June,” Parisi told Italian site TMW, amid interest from Leeds and other Italian clubs.

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Parisi flattered by interest after his agent said Leeds interested

Parisi would be an excellent signing. Leeds need a left-back. That goes without saying. Junior Firpo has obviously not lived up to the billing. Pascal Struijk is impressing on the left – he is still naturally a centre-back.

Stuart Dallas is close to a return. But whether he is the same player that he was before his injury, remains to be seen. So, a new left-back, one young enough to hold the role for years to come, should be a priority for Victor Orta.

At £13million, he would be a bargain. If that price tag remains come January or the end of the season, who knows. Especially, as he continues to impress. He shared an Italy bench against Austria in November with Willy Gnonto.

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