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Leeds: Victor Orta closing in on Willy Gnonto deal

Leeds United are closing in on a deal to bring Willy Gnonto to Elland Road this summer.

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That’s according to a report by Italian publication Corriere dello Sport (via MOT Leeds News), who claim that, following numerous reports linking Victor Orta with a move for the FC Zurich centre-forward in recent weeks, the Spaniard is now very close to sealing a deal for the 18-year-old.

The report goes on to state that, despite the interest of Feyenoord, the Whites’ director of football is now nearing a €5m (£4.2m) agreement with the Swiss Super League club, with Orta said to be intensifying his efforts to close the deal in the coming days.

“Superb” talent

Considering the sheer amount of potential that Gnonto seems to possess, Corriere dello Sport’s report claiming that Orta looks to be closing in on a deal to bring the forward to Elland Road this summer is incredibly exciting news for everyone involved with Leeds.

Indeed, over his 33 Super League appearances last season, the £9m-rated talent enjoyed a remarkable campaign. He scored eight goals, registered three assists and created four big chances for his team-mates, in addition to taking 1.4 shots, making 0.8 key passes and completing 0.9 dribbles per game.

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As a result of these impressive returns, the 18-year-old was called up to Italy’s senior squad for this summer’s UEFA Nations League fixtures against Germany, England and Hungary, with the striker becoming the Azzurri’s youngest-ever goalscorer after netting against the Germans.

However, this was not the first time that the player Jacek Kulig dubbed “superb” had caught the eye for his country, with the former Inter Milan sensation – who can also operate as a support striker and on either flank – having already bagged 11 goals across 31 appearances for Italy’s various youth age groups.

As such, when taking into account that the player who Roberto Mancini claimed “can do everything” will only turn 19 in November, it is evident that Gnonto is an incredibly gifted young talent. A reported fee £4.2m very much appears to be something of a steal for Orta should he manage to finalise the teenager’s signing as Leeds’ eighth summer arrival in the coming weeks.