'He's had a change of heart.' - Leeds deal for Viviani is off

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Leeds United target, Federico Viviani's, deal to join the club is off - with the midfielder opting to join Latina instead.

Leeds United’s bid to sign Federico Viviani is seemingly over after the Roma midfielder was said to have a ‘change of heart’, with the player opting to join Latina.

A deal had been agreed between Leeds and Roma for the central midfielder, with the 22-year-old set to join the Whites on a loan deal ahead of their upcoming campaign.

However, it has transpired today that Leeds have still not submitted the paperwork so that Roma can sign off the deal, as was expected.

Now, given the time he has had to think, Viviani has changed his mind about moving to Elland Road and he will stay in Italy.

"I confirm - Viviani made a change of heart and will not go to Leeds. He will play in Latin America next year,” Giovanni Ferro told reporters in his homeland.

This is the second time that Leeds’ bid for the Italian central midfielder has threatened to break down, after the deal looked to collapse last month.

That time emergency rescue talks were held between the two parties, which were successful, but Leeds’ failure to send over the papers as anticipated has meant that the deal appears to be off.

Viviani will now join Latina, the club where he spent last season at, on a season-long-loan..

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It is a blow for Leeds, although one which can be softened with the arrival of AC Milan midfielder Žan Benedičič.

The 18-year-old Slovenian is expected to complete a switch to Elland Road very shortly, but after this news you can bet that Leeds fans will be waiting for it to be confirmed by the club before celebrating his signing.

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