By Anthony Onifade

24th May, 2023 | 5:40pm

Leeds United to net 'mega profit' on Wilfried Gnonto as Elland Road exit development emerges amid relegation worries

Leeds United could be set to net a “mega profit” on Wilfried Gnonto this summer should the forward leave Elland Road due to relegation, according to Daily Express.

The 19-year-old has swiftly risen to prominence among the Elland Road support since his summer move from FC Zurich, going on to register two goals and four assists from 23 Premier League games.

However, with the Whites looking increasingly likely of suffering relegation to the Championship, the West Yorkshire may be set to lose a number of their high-profile stars.

According to Calcio Web reporting on 22 May, an agreement has been reached over Gnonto’s exit this summer, ensuring Leeds will make a profit from his sale. And that has been backed up further by the Daily Express [24 May].

“Teenage forward Wilfried Gnonto, who fell out of favour under Javi Gracia after glimpses of huge promise under Jesse Marsch, could also be heading for the exit door.

“There is interest in Gnonto from his homeland Italy where the 19-year-old has unfinished business after leaving Inter Milan’s youth academy for Zurich in 2020.

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“Despite earning 11 caps for Italy’s national side under Roberto Mancini, Gnonto is yet to feature in Serie A after walking an unconventional pathway to Premier League stardom.

“Having signed Gnonto for just £4m from the Swiss club, Leeds could be set to net a mega profit for the highly-rated attacker, who was one of only a few success stories from Victor Orta’s turbulent reign as sporting director”, the report reads.

Don’t be bullied

The 19-year-old has enjoyed a stellar first season in England, contributing four goals and four assists in 23 appearances in all competitions but more crucially possesses amazing trickery, 1v1 dribbling, pace and technical skill to unlock even the best defences in the Premier League.

However, Gnonto just hasn’t been rewarded with the starts his talents so very much deserve in recent weeks which has come as some source of disbelief to pundits, journalists and Leeds United fans alike.

The interest from elsewhere is inevitable given the wing-wizard’s wonderful brand of technical quality and skills in the final third but his situation in the team right now will only heighten and further the fears that Gnonto may be swayed in departing Elland Road, especially if they are relegated from the Premier League.

However, even if the worst should happen this weekend, Leeds United must ensure they are not bullied over a quick-fire cheap sale.

Gnonto, despite only being at the club for just under a year, is one of their marquee assets and given his contract still with plenty of years to run, the Whites are well within their own right to demand a hefty pay package for his signature.

If the forward is to leave the club this summer with Premier League clubs interested, Leeds United must ensure they get the best out of the deal in order to fund their ambition of an immediate English top-flight return.

In other Leeds United news, Gary Neville has shared a ‘mad’ Whites relegation prediction live on Sky Sports.