Fernando Forestieri’s move to Udinese may spell positive news for Sheffield Wednesday’s Yorkshire rivals, Leeds United.
Forestieri re-signed for the Serie A side on Tuesday, having left the Owls when his contract expired in June.
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And according to the Italian website Fanta Calcio, the Argentine’s arrival ‘practically confirms’ the departure of his compatriot, Rodrigo de Paul.
It adds that De Paul ‘now seems destined for Leeds’, who have been strongly linked with a move for the midfielder reportedly valued at €40 million (around £36.3m).
Joining the Whites is something Forestieri himself once had a chance to do, before he signed for Wednesday in 2015.
Forestieri was later accused by the then Leeds owner, Massimo Cellino, of not having the ‘right mentality’ to play for the club.
But the 30-year-old hit back, telling The Sun: “I was sad about that (being ‘called names’ by some Leeds fans) and sorry for upsetting but I did not feel good to go to Leeds. I did not feel confident in this club.”
Forestieri scored or assisted 58 goals in 134 games for Sheffield Wednesday, although the bulk of those contributions were made during his first two seasons at Hillsborough.
He is reported to have spent part of pre-season on trial with his former club Watford, who are Udinese’s sister club.
And it is not beyond the realms of possibility that, despite what Fanta Calcio says, Forestieri will end up back at Vicarage Road.