By Mark Smith

15th Aug, 2022 | 7:10am

Leeds United arrogant in race to sign Wilfried Gnonto, transfer can be done before 25th August

Leeds United are said to be arrogant in the race to sign FC Zurich striker Wilfried Gnonto this summer, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.

The Italian journalist for Sky Sports has reported that a multi-million deal is being worked on between the two clubs which could be worth up to £4.2million.

It is said that Leeds are now confident of beating off any competition and could seal the move before the 25th August as they look to solve a real issue in their squad.

The 18-year-old made 33 appearances last season in Switzerland, scoring nine goals and adding three assists as he started to make a name for himself around Europe.

Gnonto started in the youth teams of Inter Milan, and is an international for Italy, making his senior debut this year under Roberto Mancini and even scoring against Germany.

Transfermarkt value the young striker at £9million, so to bring him to Elland Road for less than half of that could be a real bargain in the next 10 days.

Strange?

Throughout the entire search for a new striker, Jesse Marsch has made is clear that he doesn’t want to sign anyone that could halt the progress of younger players already at the club.

Gnonto himself is only 18 years old, so it may appear strange that we may go for another younger talent rather than someone more established or with more experience.

Either way, being a full Italy international and playing a full season of senior football, albeit with Zurich, does put him ahead of the likes of Joe Gelhardt and Mateo Joseph.

Patrick Bamford going off injured against Southampton once again made it clear just how badly we need reinforcements in the final third, and it looks to have put Leeds into action.

With a deal likely to be completed in the next 10 days for Gnonto, it will be interesting to see if Leeds make him their new main man, or go again in the window before it shuts completely.

All eyes are on Elland Road.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has finally responded as transfer talk surrounding Ismaila Sarr goes into overdrive this week