Leeds United push for Italy international Gnonto

Leeds United are the latest club to be making a firm bid for Italy international sensation Willy Gnonto, according to Sky Sport Italia.

A product of the Inter youth academy, he left as a free agent in the summer of 2020 to get regular playing time at FC Zurich.

Gianluca Di Marzio claims an offer is prepared worth €5m, which could be enough to secure his signature.

The 18-year-old forward can play in a number of different roles, including as a support striker, a centre-forward, a trequartista behind the forwards or in a wider spot to cut inside.

Gnonto caused a sensation when he made his senior Italy debut, putting together four appearances in the Nations League, scoring one goal and providing one assist.

He has been linked with numerous clubs, including Torino, Monza, Fiorentina, Bologna, Atalanta and Juventus.

The Italian sides had been given a very different asking price early in the summer, closer to €15-20m, but that has dropped now that the bidding war has calmed and his contract will expire in June 2023.

5 Comments on “Leeds United push for Italy international Gnonto”

  1. It’s better for the Azzurri if these young guys leave Italy. They’ll develop better and be in better leagues to get the experience to win or atleast, be competitive in future World Cups or Euros. Right now, the program is horrendous.

  2. I agree with Mark’s comment and have been thinking that for a while. Go play were you are wanted and get actual experience playing. If you look at a lot of the South American sides ( The big ones, Argentina,Brazil,Uraguay etc) Most of they’re national team players play in Europe or elsewhere.

  3. Another made up story, but regardless, young Italians are probably better off leaving Italy.

    The teams don’t like using them, as they prefer a foreign equivalent or an ageing has-been.

    Serie A is a league run by clowns.

  4. I agree with the comments here.

    Daniel Maldini didn’t even get minutes at Spezia. I guarantee this season he won’t get many minutes thus completely defeating the purpose of his l.o.a.n. Italian clubs, including smaller ones, simply don’t trust youth. Look at the patience shown with Brahim (which might come to fruition) compared with the lack of patience shown with youth. One mistake and a youth player is gone. Countless mistakes a signing is still given chances to prove the transfer wasn’t a waste of money.

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