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Leeds United news as Wilfried Gnonto plays key part in Italy play-off victory

Here are the latest evening Leeds United headlines on Sunday, June 18.

Gnonto's key contribution

Leeds United forward Wilfried Gnonto played a key role as Italy beat the Netherlands 3-2 in their Nations League third-place play-off.

The Whites forward was handed a place in the starting XI by Roberto Mancini, with the Azzurri getting off to a perfect start when Federico Dimarco netted after just six minutes. Gnonto was then involved as Italy doubled their advantage, as his shot from the edge of the area hit Davide Frattesi, who then slammed the ball home.

Gnonto was subbed off just after the hour mark with Italy still 2-0 up and watched the two sides trade goals before a late Georginio Wijnaldum strike set up a tense finish, but Italy were able to hold on and claim third place.

READ MORE: Leeds United's abundance of youth talent made clear by best U21 XI

A busy summer for Gnonto continues, as he will now link up with Italy's under-21s squad for their European Championship tilt later this month.

Molumby's character admired by Corberan amid Leeds United links

The attitude and determination of Leeds United-linked midfielder Jayson Molumby will take him far in the game. That’s the belief of his West Bromwich Albion head coach Carlos Corberan, who could be heard waxing lyrical about the Republic of Ireland international earlier in the season.

According to Alan Nixon, Leeds are keen on Molumby as they prepare for life back in the second tier of English football. The 23-year-old was a key man for West Brom this season, making 47 appearances in all competitions and finding the back of the net on four separate occasions.

The Whites are already short of midfield options following the release of Adam Forshaw earlier this month and the expected departures of Marc Roca and Tyler Adams make the middle of the park something of a priority when it comes to recruitment this summer. As such, it comes as little surprise to see a centre-midfielder being one of the first players to be linked with an Elland Road switch this summer.

Read more here.

Leeds United's transfer clause windfall set to boost Championship rebuild

Leeds United are reportedly set for a hefty transfer clause windfall this summer thanks to Manchester City's history-making treble win this season as the Whites look to begin what will likely be a busy transfer window following their relegation to the Championship.

Leeds have a number of issues to sort out in their squad this summer, whether that is gearing up for departures from key players attracting attention from top-flight sides, filling gaps that were exposed in last year's relegation campaign or looking to bring in players with Championship and promotion experience.

The club appointed Nick Hammond as an interim football advisor on Thursday as they look to get moving out of the state of limbo that this summer's ongoing ownership saga has left them in before 49ers Enterprises' takeover was agreed last Friday.

Relegation has meant that Leeds will be shopping in very different markets this summer as their revenue is set to plummet. They will be able to benefit from Premier League parachute payments and from any transfer fees brought in, but they also have another source of income coming their way, thanks to a deal they struck last summer.

Read more here.


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