Leeds are set to find out whether or not just £4.2m will be enough to land Italian wonderkid Wilfried Gnonto over the ‘next few days’, according to reports. The Merengues would be in talks with the agent of the star of FC Zurich who, at 18, already has four selections for the Italian national team to his credit.
As if Leeds weren’t already keen to bolster their attack before the transfer window closes in just over two weeks, an injury to Patrick Bamford has made the need for extra firepower urgent. Jesse Marsch’s men have been associated with a number of names this summer and the latest is a youngster revered as something of a prodigy.
According to Corriere dello Sport, Leeds are in contact with Gnonto’s agent as they push to win the race for the much-loved teenager’s services. The Whites are set to face stiff competition from Feyenoord over the Italian wonderkid.
The Italian outlet claims Zurich’s asking price for the striker, who has entered the final year of his current deal, has halved since June, from around £10million to potentially less than £5 million pounds. The belief is that Leeds have submitted a £4.2m proposal to the Swiss side which is expected to be ‘considered thoroughly over the next few days’.
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Gnonto’s impressive performances at club level later saw him rewarded with an international call-up by Italian national team manager Roberto Mancini ahead of the Azzurri’s involvement in the 2022 Finalissima against Argentina. The striker made his senior debut for Italy against Germany in the Nations League tie in June, coming on to claim an assist in a 1-1 draw.
Gnonto then featured in Italy’s fourth group match, where he scored his first international goal in a 5-2 loss for Mancini’s men against Germany. Signing up on the team sheet at the age of 18 years and 222 days, the striker became the youngest goalscorer in the history of the Italian national team, beating the previous record held by Bruno Nicole in 1958 .