Chelsea are reportedly interested in signing Leeds United striker Wilfried Gnonto, valued at €30 million, at the end of the season.
A report from Fichajes claims that Wilfried Gnonto has attracted the attention of Chelsea with his performances for Leeds United this season. The winger is valued at €30 million, and the Blues are ready to step up their interest in him during the summer transfer window.
The Italian international is highly rated in the Premier League, and he has a bright future ahead of him. A move to Chelsea could accelerate his development and help him fulfil his potential. However, the Blues might struggle to accommodate him in the starting lineup.
The 19-year-old will face competition from players like Mykhailo Mudryk and Noni Madueke. The two players joined Chelsea during the January transfer window, and they will be hoping to play regularly next season. Similarly, Gnonto needs to play every week as well and he cannot afford to sit on the bench at a big club.
The Italian will need regular football in order to continue his development and fulfil his potential. Chelsea might have to provide him with first-team assurances before convincing him to join the club if they indeed decide to act on their interest.
There is no doubt that Chelsea need to add more depth to their squad. And someone like Gnonto will certainly improve them in the final third. The 19-year-old could prove to be a quality, long-term investment for the Blues, considering he can also play as a striker.
Chelsea are expected to appoint Mauricio Pochettino as their manager. And the Argentine is exceptional when it comes to handling talented young players. He has helped nurture young players at Tottenham and Southampton in the past. He could help the Italian international develop into a quality player for Chelsea in the coming years.
Meanwhile, Leeds United are going through a difficult campaign, and they are currently fighting for their place in the Premier League next season. And if they go down to the Championship, the asking price will go down from €30 million.
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If Leeds are relegated this summer, they are likely to lose a number of key players and the Italian could look to move on as well. He is too good to play in the Championship. And the opportunity to stay in the top flight with Chelsea will be an attractive option for him.
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