Elia Caprile, according to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, is on track to complete a permanent move to Bari from Leeds United. The goalkeeper is expected to sign a three-year deal with the Serie C champions.
Caprile, 20, had previously served as a regular for the club''s Under-23 side since January 2020. He was a vital part of the second-string team that had risen to PL2 in the 2020-21 season.
Caprile decided to leave Leeds on loan, moving to Pro Patria, a third-tier Italian side, where he got 39 senior outings. With 13 clean sheets, he has caught the eye. Bari won that league and have moved to sign him.
Caprile has a contract at Leeds until 2024, so a move will require a fee, although it is likely to be nominal. According to a source, he is very close to a meeting proposing a man as a young man discovered by Marcelo Bielsa.
Caprile is on course to move permanently from Leeds.
If Caprile is his first choice, he will make an excellent start. Bari are now back in the second tier, and they will be hoping to return to Serie A sooner rather than later.
Caprile''s goal gives him the opportunity to demonstrate Italian football that he is capable of making a mark at the third level. At 20, the goalkeeper is adamantly ahead of the curve and will certainly compete in the series A series soon.
The goalkeeper was applauded for his great performances by Italian media at Pro Patria as he helped them avoid relegation and now he gets a move he deserves. Leeds are planning to sign a goalkeeper this summer.