Fabrizio Romano has dropped an update on reported Leeds United transfer target Wilfried Gnonto.
Speaking recently to the Que Golazo YouTube channel, the Italian journalist revealed that, following a number of reports linking Victor Orta with a move for the FC Zurich centre-forward this summer, Leeds are indeed in contact with the Swiss Super League side concerning a deal to bring the 18-year-old to Elland Road this summer.
Regarding the Whites’ interest in the Italy international, the transfer insider said: “Let’s see what happens with Gnonto because we already mentioned his name for Leeds and they are following him, and they are still in contact with these agents to see if they have the opportunity to bring him to Leeds immediately.
“I think it’s a possibility. There are negotiations, and so I think that Andrea Radrizzani and Victor Orta want to do something more in the market – if they have a talented opportunity for the attacking positions. This is the priority for Leeds. So I would mention Gnonto because I think he would be a really smart signing.”
Considering just how exciting a prospect Gnonto undoubtedly is, in addition to the signing of a new centre-forward known to be one of Leeds’ priorities prior to the closure of the summer transfer window next week, it is not difficult to see why Orta would be keen on a deal to bring the FC Zurich starlet to Elland Road in the coming days.
Indeed, over his 33 Super League appearances last season, the £9m-rated teenager enjoyed an impressive campaign, scoring eight goals, providing three assists and creating four big chances for his teammates, as well as taking 1.4 shots, making 0.8 key passes and completing 0.9 dribbles per game – proving his effectiveness in the final third.
These returns clearly convinced Roberto Mancini of the forward’s ability, with the Italy manager calling Gnonto up to the national team for their Nations League fixtures in June – during which Gnonto wrote his name into his country’s history books, becoming the Azzurri’s youngest-ever goalscorer with his strike against Germany.
However, not only did the 57-year-old manager hand the 18-year-old his international debut, but he also tipped the striker for great things further down the line, stating in comments cited by Leeds Live:
“He’s so quick and can do everything. He’s a forward with a quality that we didn’t have before and he will improve a lot… For his age, he knows how to play football like few others and he is very quick. If he develops without too much pressure, he can show us what quality he has.”
As such, with Gnonto quite clearly being a player who knows where the back of the net is, possesses a massive amount of potential for future development and is reportedly available for an extremely reasonable €5m (£4.2m) this summer, it would appear as if the youngster would very much be a perfect addition to Jesse Marsch’s first team squad prior to the transfer deadline.