By Mark Smith

20th Aug, 2022 | 12:10pm

Leeds United are set for a conference call with FC Zurich within hours to try and finalise the signing of Wilfried Gnonto, according to Alfredo Pedulla.

The Italian journalist initially suggested that Friday was the day where the agreement could finally be reached, but that failed to be the case, with Leeds offering £4.2million plus bonuses.

Zurich instead request upwards of £6.8million and today could be the day a compromise is reached with Andrea Radrizzani pushing to make it happen.

A new twist is another club waiting in the wings.

Italian side Monza are said to be ready to step in and make the move happen, so Leeds need to be wary of that threat the longer this goes on.

Gnonto has now entered the final year of his contract at Zurich, so the Swiss club also need to be careful not to ask for too much, or they could be left in a position where they get nothing at all.

Victor Orta will no doubt be involved heavily alongside Radrizzani, but he will be there to convince the player, with the Italian there to put hard figures on the table.

Get it done, today.

All of this messing around over such a small sum could come back to haunt Leeds.

Of course, we don’t want to be ripped off, but for the sake of around £2million, the Whites could be getting a young player that they admire massively, as Jesse Marsch already confirmed.

At 18 years old and Italy’s youngest ever goalscorer, it is clear that Gnonto is going places, and to be available for so cheap in this market, we have to take advantage.

If this was an English player, we would be talking probably around £50million, and that is just how silly the market has become in the modern day.

So, when a deal such as this pops up, Radrizzani must know that he simply has to pay up and get a deal over the line, with most of Europe likely watching.

With the call taking place within hours, we could get an answer and maybe even an ending to this little transfer saga – all eyes are on Elland Road.

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