By Mark Smith

15th Aug, 2022 | 6:10pm

Leeds United agree Wilfried Gnonto terms in essence, could complete transfer in days

Leeds United have virtually come to an agreement on personal terms with FC Zurich striker Wilfried Gnonto, according to La Gazzetta Dello Sport.

The Italian newspaper has reported in its print edition [15 August, pg. 26] that a deal could even be closed in the coming days at Elland Road.

Zurich are said to want up to £8.4million for the Italian international, with Andrea Radrizzani said to be back in the market for young attacking talent.

Writing in their latest snippet of news on the Whites, Gazzetta Dello Sport shared that the deal could be closing in as talks continue between all parties.

“The agreement with player, in essence, there is,” they wrote. “More complex negotiations with Zurich, which asks for €8-10million for the transfer outright.

“It may close in the coming days but, better to be cautious: negotiation not simple.”

Sensation.

This could be a very smart piece of business.

Roberto Mancini saw something special in the young attacker, handing him his first international call up this year which came with four appearances and his first goal against Germany.

Gnonto likely won’t start instantly at Elland Road if he comes in, but he will arrive as an international option that can rival Patrick Bamford and Joe Gelhardt in the final third.

Bamford picked up yet another injury in the 2-2 draw with Southampton, so putting plans in place for a new striker transfer ticks all of the right boxes.

We were all shouting for someone a little more established than Gnonto, but he will no doubt come in with a big point to prove in the Premier League.

Although Italy don’t have that World Cup carrot to aim for in Qatar, the young striker will still want to cement his place in their side moving forward.

Mancini will be watching closely, and let’s see if Radrizzani can get this deal over the line soon.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites now want to sign this striker with a rival set to kickstart a major £30million+ transfer battle