Leeds United have discovered how much it will cost to bring Wilfried Gnonto to Elland Road this summer.
That’s according to a report by Italian publication Corriere dello Sport (via MOT Leeds News), who claim that, following a number of reports linking the Whites with a move for the FC Zurich centre-forward in recent weeks, the Swiss Super League side are demanding a figure of €8m (£6.7m) plus add-ons in order to part with the 18-year-old prior to September’s transfer deadline.
And, speaking recently to Football FanCast, Pete O’Rourke clearly feels that the Italy international would be an excellent signing for Orta to get over the line in the coming weeks, with the journalist stating:
“If they can get Gnonto to Elland Road I think it’d be a real impressive signing for Leeds. He is a very highly rated young player, he’s got huge potential [and] he’s already an Italian international. I think he [became] their youngest ever goalscorer when he scored in the Nations League during the summer for Italy against Germany.”
While Gnonto may not exactly be a household name in Leeds at present, considering just how much ability the striker appears to possess, should Orta manage to get a deal in the region of £6.7m over the line for the 18-year-old in the coming weeks, it would certainly look as if the Whites’ sporting director will have secured an absolute steal for the club.
Indeed, over his 33 Super League appearances – only nine of which came as starts – last season, the £9m-rated talent enjoyed a remarkable breakout campaign for Zurich, scoring eight goals, registering three assists and creating four big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 1.4 shots, making 0.8 key passes and completing 0.9 dribbles per game.
For comparison, while he is predominantly a support striker, over Rodrigo’s 31 Premier League fixtures – 27 of which came as starts – for Leeds last time out, the £26m signing scored six goals, provided one assist and created three big chances for his teammates, in addition to taking an average of 1.5 shots, making 1.3 key passes and completing 0.7 dribbles per outing.
Furthermore, the teenager who Roberto Mancini claimed “knows how to play football like few others” has already made his mark on the international stage – as O’Rourke suggests – becoming Italy’s youngest ever goalscorer with a Nations League strike against Germany back in June.
As such, considering just how exciting a prospect Gnonto very much looks to be, £6.7m would indeed appear to represent something of a steal for a player who has the potential to turn into a world-beater at Elland Road – leading us to believe that Orta simply must do everything he can to tie up a deal for the Zurich sensation prior to September’s transfer deadline.