Wilfried Gnonto has made the final call on joining Everton.
The winger has now told his agent he doesn’t want to make the move to Goodison Park this summer, according to TEAMtalk.
Gnonto looked all set to leave Leeds United following their relegation from the Premier League last season, with Everton one of a few clubs targeting the 19-year-old.
Recent reports had claimed the Toffees were in pole position to sign Gnonto before they saw a £15 million bid rejected for his signature earlier this month.
However, Gnonto has now decided he doesn’t want to move to Merseyside but could still join a Serie A club.
Leeds United are confident the young forward will stay at Elland Road and help them win promotion back to the top flight, though the report claims Gnonto could still move back to his home country if the opportunity arises this month.
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Juventus are reportedly eager to sign Gnonto this summer, though – like Everton – are having to be very careful with their finances.
Their money problems have already led to them being excluded from European football next season, while they would have to offload some players to fund a move for the Championship star.
The Serie A giants could look to sell their top earners in Paul Pogba and Dusan Vlahovic to make up the cash to bring Gnonto to Turin, with recent reports claiming the Whites will only sell for around £20m.
Meanwhile, Everton have already begun looking elsewhere for an alternative to the Italy international, with Tete high on their list of targets.