Leeds striker bid ‘confirmed’ as Dutch transfer battle gets fierce; selling club drops asking price

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Wilfried Gnonto and Thilo Kehrer Credit: PA Images
Wilfried Gnonto and Thilo Kehrer Credit: PA Images

A source has ‘confirmed’ Leeds Utd’s £4.2million (€5m) offer to sign Wilfried Gnonto from FC Zurich, amid the Swiss club reportedly dropping their asking price for him.

Gnonto is a product of the Inter Milan academy. He made it to their U19 side but opted to leave for Zurich in July 2020. The 18-year-old attacker has gone on to register 12 goals in 70 appearances for the side.

While this is not the most impressive record, the fact he is managing to compete in Switzerland’s top flight at such a young age is impressive.

Zurich would love to keep Gnonto but know he has the ability to join a bigger team. And with his contract expiring next summer, they have had to reduce his price tag.

In 2021, Zurich rejected a £10.1m (€12m) bid from Hoffenheim for the Italian. Now though, they will accept proposals worth £6.8m (€8m).

Leeds recently sent them a £4.2m offer and it is now under consideration. While Zurich would like to receive more, they know time is running out for them to get a fee for one of their prized assets.

Leeds hope this sum will be accepted as Feyenoord are keeping a close eye on the situation. The Dutch side are preparing to make a rival bid of their own, which could see Leeds lose out.

Italian outlet Tuttomercatoweb provide an update on the situation, as cited by Sport Witness. They ‘confirm’ Leeds’ interest in Gnonto and the fact Jesse Marsch’s team have put an offer on the table.

Feyenoord threatening Leeds deal for Wilfried Gnonto

However, TMW also refer to Feyenoord as being potential suitors. Right now, it is unclear how much they would be happy to pay for Gnonto.

Italian clubs also admire the forward and hope to take him back to Serie A. However, the most ‘concrete’ proposals are coming from Leeds and Feyenoord.

Leeds are scouring the market for new attackers to improve Marsch’s options up top. Patrick Bamford isn’t fully fit, while Joe Gelhardt is only young and Rodrigo isn’t really an out-and-out striker.

Signing Gnonto would help to take some of the pressure off. Clearly though, he is not the ideal capture to solve the issue.

At 18, Gnonto is two years younger than Gelhardt. While he has more senior experience, this does not necessarily mean he will cope in the Premier League.

Leeds could probably do with an older striker who knows how to score goals in England. Ben Brereton Diaz would be a top signing, though he is a prime target for Everton.

Meanwhile, Leeds believe a regular starter to be ‘untouchable’ amid apparent Manchester United interest in signing him.

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