Everton are edging closer to securing the signature of Leeds United winger Wilfried Gnonto, according to Michele Criscitiello.
The 19-year-old Italian arrived at the English club from FC Zurich in September last year, in a deal valued at approximately €4.5 million. Gnonto committed to a lengthy five-year contract upon his arrival.
As per Transfermarkt.com, Gnonto’s current market value stands at €18 million, indicating his growing stature in the footballing world.
During a tumultuous season at Leeds, Gnonto had limited opportunities to showcase his skills. However, whenever he graced the pitch, he made a lasting impact, registering four goals and four assists across a total of 28 appearances.
Criscitiello, a reputable source from Sport Italia, suggests that Everton is now on the cusp of finalizing a deal for Gnonto. The Merseyside club is reportedly willing to part with around €22 million to secure the young winger’s services.
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Leeds United, who finished 19th in the Premier League last season, resulting in their relegation to the Championship, have been forced to offload several players to alleviate financial strain. Gnonto’s departure would help to ease costs at the club.
With 12 international appearances already under his belt for the Italian national team, Gnonto is poised to blossom into a top-tier player in the coming years. Everton’s pursuit of the young talent appears to be a wise and strategic move for the club’s future success.
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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.