By George Overhill

26th Mar, 2023 | 7:10pm

Juventus have already spoken to Willy Gnonto’s agents over a possible transfer from Leeds United this summer, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Serie A side are one of a number of high-profile sides around Europe and the Premier League who are taking great interest in the Italian international after his breakout season at Elland Road.

A deal has reportedly not yet moved onto any concrete negotiations but the Old Lady has been in contact with the 19-year-old’s agents ahead of a potential bid at the end of the season, having monitored the player for “some time”.

Gnonto is seen as possibly being the “ideal piece of [Massimiliano] Allegri’s chessboard” and the Italian club are ready to sell both Moise Kean and current Leeds United loanee Weston McKennie to help fund the move, with the relationship between the two clubs deemed “solid”.

Gazzetta had previousy reported on 21 March that Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City were all looking at the teenager, while 90min added a day later that fellow Serie A outfits Roma, Atalanta, reigning champions AC Milan and prospective title-winners Napoli are all looking at the Whites attacker in addition to Juve.

And Calcio Mercato Web suggested on 13 March that from the Italy international’s perspective he would be “very happy” to move to Serie A, where he has yet to play a senior game.

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Gnonto doesn’t wait around to do anything it seems, and that might be bad news for Leeds United as interest has exploded and it looks like tangible moves are starting to be made.

Arriving on 1 September as a deadline-day deal he was only expected to be a development project in the under-21s squad originally, but soon broke into the first team under Jesse Marsch and never looked back.

While any attacking star who hits the heights in West Yorkshire is going to be courted for a big-money transfer before too long, as with Raphinha’s summer departure to Barcelona, Gnonto might actually be in line to complete the rise and exit procedure in just one season.

That he signed a five-year deal and will have so long left on it at the end of the campaign means the club are protected against low-ball bids but it seems like there is a certain draw for Gnonto to return to his home country.

For all he is evidently engaged with life at Elland Road, as every goal celebration he takes part in makes obvious, he may find it difficult to turn down the opportunity to jump from a relegation battle to a potential title charge back in Serie A.

Juventus’ financial turmoil is well-known but they clearly like Gnonto enough to start making plans to bring him in anyway so even if the Whites successfully stay up this season it could be an eventful summer of incoming offers.

In other Leeds United news, as one star potentially leaves the club are eyeing up a new bid to bring one back to Elland Road this summer.

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