Leeds United have tabled a bid for Wilfried Gnonto but it falls short of FC Zurich’s valuation of the Italy forward, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
The Italian newspaper reported on 17 August that as the 18-year-old’s contract at Zurich expires next year, the Swiss outfit are ready to sell him for £8.4million.
However, Leeds’ opening bid for the Italy international – as well as offers from Feyenoord and Freiburg – fall short of that figure.
Gazzetta suggests that Leeds’ pursuit is more concrete though as “in the last few hours” there’s been a particular interest from Elland Road.
Gnonto is playing in a league where money doesn’t flow that much and although he’s an Italy international now, we wouldn’t expect him to cost that much.
His contract expires next year too so Zurich’s demands for an 18-year-old are perhaps too high.
But Leeds might be able to meet them halfway.
Despite his tender age, Gazzetta claims that Gnonto is a young forward with “extraordinary maturity”.
He’s already the youngest goalscorer in Italy national team history by netting against Germany in the UEFA Nations League earlier in the summer.
His numbers at club level aren’t exactly amazing but still, he’s 18 and he plays as a left-winger or a striker.
Last season, Gnonto scored 10 goals and supplied five assist in 36 appearances across all competitions for Zurich as they won the Swiss Super League.
However, Zurich’s slump in Switzerland has been incredible with them yet to win a game in five Super League fixtures so far and also losing in their Champions League qualifier against Qarabag.
Gnonto got a goal against Linfield in Europa League qualifying and will hope to add to that against Scottish side Hearts on Thursday night (18 August).
Leeds fans might want to keep an eye on that game.
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