Leeds United have completed the signings of both Italian midfielder Tommaso Bianchi and goalkeeper Marco Silvestri from Serie A sides Sassuolo and Chievo Verona.
Leeds Tie Up Silvestri and Bianchi Deals
The 25-year-old, who is a former Italy Under-21, arrives at Elland Road having signed a four year deal with the club after Leeds and Sassuolo agreed an undisclosed fee for the midfielder.
During his time with Sassuolo the midfielder achieved promotion to Serie A after the side won Serie B at the end of the 2013-14 season.
Bianchi’s former clubs also include Piacenza and Modena, he also appeared for the Italy Under-19s and Under-20s.
The midfielder is United’s second signing of the summer following the arrival of English goalkeeper Stuart Taylor earlier in the transfer window.
United head coach David Hockaday said: “Tommaso can play on the left, on the right, in the number 10 role and he can score goals.
"In the last three seasons he has been involved in teams pushing for promotion. He was twice been beaten in the Play-Offs but more importantly he won automatic promotion into Serie A. So the last three seasons have been positive for Tommaso and we need players in the right mindset to move up the league.
"He is hungry, young and he is everything that we are about. He has a great technic and he is another player that we delighted to welcome to Elland Road." The manager continued.
The 23-year-old arrives at Elland Road having signed a four year deal with the club after agreeing a £450,000 move from Chievo to come to Elland Road.
Silvestri, who is a former Italy Under-20 and Under-21, started his career at Modena in Serie B and in 2010 he made the step-up to Serie A with Cheivo.
While at the Serie A side the goalkeeper had loan spells at Reggiana, Padova and most recently at Cagliari this past season.
The goalkeeper is United’s third signing of the summer after fellow keeper Stuart Taylor and midfielder put pen to paper at the Elland Road side.
United head coach David Hockaday said: “Everybody in Italy believes that Marco is destined for very big things. We are delighted to welcome him to Leeds.
“He has been training with us for a week now and he has impressed everybody. Not only with his quality on the park but with his general manner off it as well.
“So are we delighted to welcome a very good person and footballer to Leeds United.”