Fresh twist as Leeds agreement with Everton now ‘understood’ to be wide of the mark
Leeds United and Everton have not agreed a fee over the signing of Wilfried Gnonto, contrary to reports from Italy.
That is according to iNews reporter Mark Douglas, who claims rumours of an agreement between the two clubs are wide of the mark at this point.
As per the report, Everton may yet instead be priced out of a move for Gnonto by Leeds due to their desire to keep the Italian star, particularly if they are unable to make any major player sales this summer.
That said, the Toffees do remain interested in Gnonto alongside his veteran teammate Rodrigo and it remains to be seen what could happen later in the window.
Reports over a deal between the two clubs came to fruition late last night, with Sport Italia claiming in an exclusive that Leeds had accepted an offer of £18.8m from the Toffees.
Leeds and Everton have not agreed Gnonto deal
However, those reports have quickly been debunked and for the time being, Leeds fans can rest easily knowing their star youngster is not on the move, at least for now.
That sort of price tag always seemed very much on the low side, particularly given the noise that has come out from Leeds in regard to their desire to keep him.
Gnonto has four years left on his current contract at Elland Road and with no release clause in his contract, Leeds are in an excellent position to either keep him, or sell him for a huge price.
The 19-year-old is due to report back for pre-season training on Monday having been granted an extra week off due to his international exploits with Italy’s senior team and U21s.
Leeds will certainly still face a fight to keep Gnonto this summer, but perhaps these reports from the Italian press need to be taken with a pinch of salt.