Fabrizio Romano still thinks there is a good chance that Wilfried Gnonto will join Everton.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, the journalist claimed it is a ‘tense’ and ‘complicated’ situation, but believes the move could still be on due to Gnonto’s eagerness to move to Goodison Park.
The Italian looked extremely likely to complete a move to Everton earlier this month when he made himself unavailable for Leeds United’s matches against Shrewsbury Town and Birmingham City.
Gnonto has now been left out of first-team training as he continues to try to force a move away from Elland Road, however the Whites are making it very difficult for him.
The Toffees have now made four bids for the winger, however Leeds have insisted he is not for sale and are hoping to reintegrate him back into the squad once the transfer window shuts.
Everton have already began to look at alternatives and have expressed interest in Goncalo Borges and Johan Bakayoko, while Hugo Ekitike is also still on their radar.
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Despite Everton not looking any closer to wrapping up a deal for Gnonto, Romano is still confident that they can land the 19-year-old over the next two weeks. Though they will definitely have to up their bid if they are to persuade the Yorkshire outfit to sell.
Wilfried Gnonto is fighting to join Everton – Fabrizio Romano
“Gnonto remains a target, for sure,” Romano said. “The player is desperate for the move and, in one sense, fighting to join the club because he really appreciates the possibility.
“He knows that Everton are pushing to sign him, and he’s pushing on his side with Leeds. But Leeds are not moving from their position and they don’t want to sell the player.
“It’s a tense, complicated situation now. But I think there is still a chance to see Gnonto joining Everton this summer because the player really wants to make this move happen.”