By Jonty Banks

9th Jun, 2023 | 1:10pm

Willy Gnonto loan exit on the cards at Leeds United as agent arrives at Juventus HQ

Juventus want to sign Leeds United winger Willy Gnonto summer after the club’s relegation to the Championship with a loan deal on the cards, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

The Italian publication shared that The Old Lady made contact with both Gnonto’s representatives on Thursday (8 June) as Marco Busiello, one of the partners of agent Claudio Vigorelli, was at the club’s headquarters.

No negotiations were held, and a potential transfer depends on the future of Federico Chiesa, who has interest from both Liverpool and Bayern Munich.

However, if the Italian giants lose their star attacker this summer, their interest in Gnonto will become “concrete.”


Leeds United fans will have already become resigned to the fact that they will lose the likes of Gnonto, Tyler Adams and Rodrigo this summer, but the plan would have been to spend the transfer fees received for their services on refreshing the first-team squad.

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However, losing the Italian international on a loan deal does the club no good whatsoever. Yes, there might be the possibility of a later transfer fee, but that will be no good to the Whites.

They need money this summer, otherwise, whoever comes into Elland Road as manager won’t be able to put his stamp on the first-team squad with a string of new transfers.

Possibly part of the reasoning for a loan deal could be that the 19-year-old reportedly doesn’t have a relegation clause in his contract, meaning Leeds could demand a much higher fee for his services. [LUFCFANZONE, 31 May]

Either way, it looks ever more likely that the teenager will be playing his football away from West Yorkshire next season.

In other Leeds United news, the club may now face a losing battle to keep their star player at Elland Road beyond the summer transfer window.