Leeds United managed to get a good bargain for striker Willy Gnonto as they completed his signing on transfer deadline day.
According to Oliver Zesiger, who is a Swiss Head Researcher for Football Manager and professional scout, Zurich wanted £8million for the 18-year-old.
However, the Whites did a wonderful job in bring down his price to 4.5m as they have signed a bright young talent, who’ll only get better, in his eyes.
Zesigner told Yorkshire Evening Post, “Zurich’s chairman wanted ten million for him. I’m talking 10 million euros which would be 8 million pounds. And it’s unlikely that he gets this amount, because Willy Gnonto only had one year of his contract [remaining].
“I think it’s a good deal for Zurich and for Leeds because 4.5 million for Leeds [as] a Premier League club, if it doesn’t work out you just write it off, it’s not a lot of money. If it works out, [they have] totally underpaid for a great talent.”
Gnonto was one of the few players that was certainly on the Whites’ radar this summer even though he was not the priority.
Jesse Marsch went on record to confirm that the club were keen on buying him but said that they saw him as one for the future.
However, the failure to sign any other striker after the chaos that ensued on deadline day, saw them priortise a move for the Italian.
Now, there’s a good chance that he’s closer to the first-team and we will not be surprised if he makes his debut sooner rather than later.
Sure, he’s got plenty to learn, but he is a full Italy international and Leeds lack bodies up front so it makes a lot of sense to give Gnonto a go.
We agree with Zesigner’s assessment that he’s a low risk and high reward signing and hopefully, he comes of age at Elland Road.
In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has made a World Cup claim as the Whites want to sign a ‘Phenomenal’ international attacker in January.