Leeds fans were left underwhelmed when the transfer window shut last week, with no marquee signings made despite the efforts of the club.
It was clear to see weeks before the window shut that something was needed, but it took until after the deadline passed for Leeds to do anything in the attacking department, and that was to sign teenager and Italy international, Willy Gnonto.
A €4.5million (£3.88m) deal was reached in the late hours of Thursday night, with Gnonto coming to Leeds after plenty of speculation and even acknowledgement from Jesse Marsch of the player’s talents.
There was a lot of surprise around the agreement, with Leeds managing to sign a senior Italy international at the age of 18 for such a nominal fee, respectively, but it’s not that clear cut.
FC Zurich president Ancillo Canepa has revealed that their decision to sell Gnonto for such a low up-front fee is because it’s a deal laced with add-ons.
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Speaking to Blick, Canepa had this to say in response to queries about such a low figure:
“These people are clueless.
“(They) don’t know the contract details. The transfer took place under the conditions we had imagined. We negotiated well and didn’t let ourselves be disturbed; even if the transfer was only registered five minutes before the end of the window.
“Everything in the contract remains confidential. But yes, there is a very good chance that the transfer fee will eventually exceed ten million.”
There is no way that we would have been able to sign a striker of his calibre and potential for that cheap, without there being clauses involved.
Gnonto will still prove to be a bargain if we do have to pay these add-ons, and that’s a good sign that he’s doing well, hitting those milestones.
I don’t expect Gnonto to be part of the side right away, but he’s not going to be a youth player for long, if at all.
We have a gem on our hands, and it’s good to see that we do have a relative bargain as well.