Football agent Marco Busiello has told Tuttomercatoweb that Willy Gnonto’s transfer to Leeds United right at the end of the summer window was a deal everyone involved was happy with.
Gnonto, of course, arrived in the final moments of the summer after a chaotic deadline day at Elland Road.
It had appeared that the Whites were admirers of the teenager for a little while before his switch. But it is surely fair to say that he would not have ended up in West Yorkshire so soon had it not been for the pursuits of Cody Gakpo and Bamba Dieng falling through – and the fact that Daniel James had got the green light to join Fulham on loan.
All parties happy with Gnonto’s move to Leeds
With the deadline looming, Leeds managed to get a move for Gnonto across the line. But the fans, understandably, had a lot of concerns about seeing such a young prospect come in. At the time we were crying out for a first-choice forward.
Busiello was apparently involved in the deal to take Gnonto to Leeds. And he suggested that, behind the scenes, all parties were pleased to get a move done.
“It was an operation born and carried out together. And that made everyone happy: Leeds because they got to buy the player first, the guy was happy because he made the leap in quality and also Zurich, able to monetise a year before the end of the contract,” he told Tuttomercatoweb.
Of course, missing out on Gakpo looks to have the potential to be one of those moments fans remember for years to come given his current trajectory.
But the signs suggest that Gnonto is going to prove to be a really impressive addition.
He marked his Premier League debut by playing a crucial role in Crysencio Summerville’s winner at Liverpool. And he went on to set up the same player for the decisive goal against Bournemouth one week later.
The 19-year-old is still a work in progress. But he already has that ability to make things happen at the highest level.
And it would be no surprise to see Gnonto play a more prominent role in the second-half of the season.