By Anthony Onifade

31st May, 2023 | 8:10pm

Leeds United transfer news as Arsenal and Manchester City want to sign Willy Gnonto

Arsenal and Manchester City are closely following the situation of Willy Gnonto and are awaiting a decision from Leeds United regarding his future, according to Calciomercato.

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

According to LUFCFANZONE [31 May], the Elland Road has no release clause, unlike Tyler Adams and Brendan Aaronson and the Whites hold a strong position when it comes to any potential sale.

And according to Calciomercato [30 May], Gnonto is attracting plenty of interest from Italian and Premier League clubs, with the Gunners and Premier League champions Manchester City closely monitoring his situation.

“There are also those from the Premier League who have become aware of Willy’s qualities: Arsenal and Manchester City are also following his situation closely, waiting to understand what Leeds United’s decision will be on the future of one six of his purest talents.”

Difficult to keep

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Following their disappointing relegation from the Premier League, Leeds United were always in danger of losing many of their exciting stars during the window and Gnonto has certainly become a hot topic of conversation.

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.

It’s no wonder why the best clubs on the land are chasing his signature, which means Leeds United may be forced to fold.

However, there is some reprieve in the fact that Gnonto does not hold a relegation release clause in his contract which means that should he wish to leave, the Whites can demand any kind of lofty figure they desire.

Given the damage relegation can have on any club, Leeds United will be desperate for a cash flow this summer to fund their own much-needed rebuild, and it’s increasingly unlikely to see Gnonto performing in the Championship next season. He is Premier League quality, hence the Premier League interest.

In other Leeds United news, one youngster wants to quit Elland Road to play at a Premier League club next season.