Leeds United are readying a new offer for Wilfried Gnonto, according to reports…
Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla claims that the Yorkshire side are expected to go in for the FC Zurich striker once again before next Thursday’s transfer deadline after having a €5m (£4.2m) bid rejected recently.
It’s thought that the Swiss Super League champions are asking for around €8m (£7m) but now they face competition from Serie A outfit Monza.
Whites director of football Victor Orta is running out of time to complete Leeds’ business this summer window, with a new forward high on the priority list.
Gnonto could be a low-risk signing and a steal given his price tag and potential.
The 18-year-old, who can play anywhere along the front three, has emerged as one of Europe’s best young talents, having provided Zurich with eight goals and three assists on their way to the title last season. He also added four goal contributions in three Swiss Cup appearances, too.
Marsch has a track record in developing future stars, so there could be nobody better to take the young Italian to the next level.
In Gnonto, the American head coach could well mould his next Erling Haaland, who joined RB Salzburg from a European minnow just like Zurich in Norwegian outfit Molde.
Leeds need an alternative to Patrick Bamford, who missed another game at the weekend due to injury.
He was restricted to just nine Premier League appearances last season and the Yorkshiremen suffered as they battled with relegation – all because neither Marcelo Bielsa nor Marsch had a viable backup.
The former Inter Milan graduate, described as a “real diamond” by scout Jacek Kulig, could be the ideal and perfect solution.
At just £7m, Marsch could have another young player to develop and at the same time, he’d have a real Bamford backup heading into the remainder of the season.
Gnonto must become Leeds’ eighth arrival of the summer transfer window.