Tottenham Hotspur has reportedly surged ahead in the race to secure the services of Leeds United winger, Wilfried Gnonto. While several Serie A clubs, including Lazio and Roma, have expressed interest, the Lilywhites seem to be leading the pursuit for the talented 20-year-old.
Despite displaying promise in the Premier League last season, Gnonto has struggled to secure a regular spot in the starting lineup under Daniel Farke at Leeds United this term. Recent reports from Calciomercato.it suggest that Tottenham Hotspur is actively pursuing the winger, with a potential deal involving Joe Rodon being floated.
The Daily Express had earlier indicated that Spurs might offer Rodon to Leeds as part of a January move for Gnonto. While this proposal could reshape the dynamics of the transfer, it remains to be seen how negotiations between the two clubs unfold.
Tottenham, however, faces competition from Italian heavyweights Lazio and Roma. The Daily Express had initially reported the interest of these Serie A clubs, a sentiment later confirmed by Calciomercato.it. Despite their interest, the financial landscape for both Roma and Lazio seems to be a stumbling block, making a permanent transfer less likely.
Calciomercato.it has now emphasized that Tottenham Hotspur is “above all” in the race for Gnonto. The report suggests that manager Ange Postecoglou is keen on bolstering his squad with a winger, and Gnonto’s profile is deemed particularly appealing to the North London club.
Leeds United is reportedly open to selling the versatile forward for €30 million (£26 million). While this fee may not pose a problem for Tottenham, it is considered excessive for Roma and Lazio. The Italian clubs are said to be exploring the possibility of a loan move instead, showcasing the financial challenges they currently face in the transfer market.