Stuttgart are fully aware of Nicolas Gonzalez’s desire to move on this summer with Leeds United apparently interested in the £18 million-rated striker, sporting director Sven Mislintat has told Kreiz Zeitung.
After firing one of the greatest clubs in German football back into the Bundesliga with 15 goals in 29 games, a typically tigerish Argentine forward appears to have gone out on a high at the Mercedes Benz Arena.
Speaking to Tuttomercatoweb last week, Gonzalez said rather bluntly ‘I will leave Stuttgart’ when asked about his plans during the upcoming transfer window.
Talk about making your feelings clear.
Leeds have been linked with what feels like every Albiceleste footballer not called Lionel in recent weeks and, according to Ole, the 22-year-old former Argentinos Juniors starlet is indeed on their radar alongisde Juan Foyth, Thiago Almada, Lucas Martinez Quarta, Adolfo Gaich and Matias Zaracho.
“Nico is an important player for us and has a long-term contract with VfB. We know his thoughts about changing clubs,” former Dortmund and Arsenal talentspotter Mislintant admitted when asked about the potential departure of Stuttgart’s top scorer.
“Such an offer would have to be extremely attractive financially so that we could deal with it.”
Tag24 reported this week that it would take up to £18 million to convince Stuttgart to cash in, with Leeds facing competition from Inter, AC Milan and Valencia amongst others.
Gonzalez might not be a household name across the footballing world like, say, an Edinson Cavani or a Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
But while the allure of two PSG legends could be impossible for Andrea Radrizzani to resist, a rising 22-year-old star would perhaps make far more sense from both a financial and a sporting perspective with his entire career ahead of him.