Leeds Utd set minimum price for attacking jewel as Arsenal, Chelsea and Man City cast glances

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Jack Harrison and Wilfried Gnonto Credit: Alamy
Jack Harrison and Wilfried Gnonto Credit: Alamy

Leeds United risk losing Wilfried Gnonto after just one season, a report in his native Italy has revealed, with three other Premier League clubs keeping tabs on him.

Gnonto joined Leeds from FC Zurich in September and has made a good impression so far. During his debut season in English football, the attacker has scored four goals and provided three assists from 20 appearances.

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It has been a promising return from the 19-year-old, who is making big strides with his development after also breaking into the senior Italy national team last year.

There is now a belief growing that Gnonto will be capable of stepping up at club level at some point. Leeds have him under contract until 2027, so will try to resist rival approaches, but may be bracing themselves regardless.

According to an update from La Gazzetta Dello Sport, Gnonto could leave Leeds in the summer if they suffer relegation to the Championship.

Javi Gracia’s side climbed out of the relegation zone with a win over Wolves just before the international break. However, they will still be looking over their shoulders, since only two points separate them from the bottom three.

As they fight for their top-flight status, Gnonto is being watched by three of the Premier League’s most powerful clubs. Per the report by La Gazzetta Dello Sport, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City are monitoring the teenager.

There could be other contenders for his signature too, such as Juventus. Links with a return to Italy for the former Inter academy player will only be natural, but for now, he wants to keep progressing in the Premier League.

Leeds will be hoping they can continue to provide him with that platform. But if not, they might have to listen to what the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and City have to say.

With that in mind, the report indicates that Leeds will want to receive a minimum of €30million (£26.4m) for Gnonto. Ideally, they could even earn up to €40m (£35.2m), which would be an impressive profit on their original investment, believed to be €4.5m.

But Gnonto’s true value to Leeds may well be what he can offer while still among their ranks. Hence, their preference will be to keep him. Unless anyone comes close to their asking price, they won’t be letting him go.

Where would be best for Gnonto next?

Able to play anywhere across the attack, Gnonto could find a way to fit in for any of his suitors.

A move to Arsenal might be the most appealing, for a couple of reasons. First, they are top of the Premier League at present. In the bigger picture, they have got there with a squad full of developing talent.

Hence, Gnonto might be able to follow a similar pathway if he moved to the Emirates Stadium.

But Man City should also be able to offer Champions League football next season. They could have room for extra competition in their attack.

Chelsea, on the other hand, have already invested heavily in positions similar to where Gnonto operates, so it could be tough to break in there. Their priority should be finding more of a target man up front.

Juventus will also be worth considering, but as the report indicates, Gnonto sees his future in England.

And if Leeds can stay in the Premier League, perhaps it should still be spent with them. After all, Gnonto is still building his reputation at Elland Road.

He already has decent prominence in Gracia’s side, which is only likely to increase in the years to come. Gnonto probably won’t fulfil his whole contract at Leeds, but another season or two there wouldn’t harm.

It seems clear, though, that this all depends on what league Leeds will be in next season. For everyone’s benefit, Gnonto and his teammates must pull together to ensure they finish no lower than 17th.

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