Arsenal and Chelsea are interested in signing Leeds United forward Wilfried Gnonto during the summer transfer window, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
The 19-year-old joined Leeds from Zurich last summer and has already made an impact. In his first 20 appearances for the club, he has four goals and three assists.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Arsenal and Chelsea are the’most active’ in the race to sign him. The London pair believe that with more experience, he will improve.
Leeds signed him for £4 million, but the Italian outlet claims that they could ask for a fee of £31-40 million to sell him. If they are relegated, this could change.
Gnonto’s confidence has grown in his first season in English football. He has impressed in recent months with his direct running, dribbling, and ability to contribute to goals.
His progress has been noticed by Arsenal and Chelsea, who are always on the lookout for young talent, and a bidding war between the two London clubs to sign him this summer is possible.
As things currently stand, Leeds are likely to maintain their valuation for the teenager, but the situation could change drastically if they fail to retain their Premier League status for next season.
Gnonto’s contract may include a relegation release clause, which could benefit Arsenal and Chelsea. The Italian is far from finished, but he has the potential to become a top-tier forward in the future.
The teenager can play on either flank or in attacking midfield. His adaptability could make him an ideal signing for the London club, who prefer to work with versatile attacking players.
Manchester City, in addition to Arsenal and Chelsea, is interested in the highly rated attacker. Gnonto could face a major career decision ahead of the 2023/24 season.