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Report: Leeds now want league-winning attacker to replace Raphinha, he's seriously 'fast'
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Report: Leeds now want league-winning attacker to replace Raphinha, he's seriously 'fast'

Leeds United are interested in signing Italian forward Wilfried Gnonto from FC Zurich, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.

The report suggests that Leeds want Gnonto as a replacement for Raphinha, and want the deal done in the next ten days.

An offer of up to £4.2m is being considered for the 18-year-old, who scored eight goals last season as FC Zurich went on to win the Swiss Super League.

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Gnonto has already made his senior international debut for Italy, and scored his first goal for the Azzurri against Germany.

The Italian national team manager described Gnonto as ‘very fast’ and said few players his age can play football like him.

Leeds interested in signing Gnonto

Jesse Marsch’s side have had a focus on recruiting exciting young talent and then offering them early first-team minutes.

Marsch commented ahead of Leeds’ 2-2 draw with Southampton that forward Sonny Perkins and Mateo Joseph Rodriguez could both make first team debuts this season.

While Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani has said he doesn’t want any new forward that joins the club to get in the way of Joe Gelhardt’s development.

Gnonto would therefore be joining a talented group of attackers looking to push their way into Marsch’s side.

Italy manager Mancini believes his best role is as a second striker, but that he’s also capable of playing on the wing, and although it would be a big step up, this would allow him to eventually replace Raphinha.

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However, in Rodrigo, Leeds might already have a player Gnonto can learn from in the squad.

The Spaniard, who is the Premier League’s top scorer with three goals, also typically plays in behind a striker, but has been deployed out wide in his time at Leeds when needed.

If Leeds could sign Gnonto for less than £5m and then have him develop under the guidance of Rodrigo, they could have a serious player on their hands.

Financially, signing a player who’s so young and yet already in the national team fold of the European champions also makes complete sense, and could make the Whites a lot of money in the future.

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