According to Spanish media outlet Fichajes, Leeds United have rejected big-money bids for Samu Saiz from La Liga clubs Valencia and Getafe, to show that the Whites are in a completely different era under Marcelo Bielsa.
Well, Fichajes report that the Spaniard’s former club SD Huesca are keen to bring the 27-year-old back to his home country, but they face competition from two top flight clubs who have already had offers turned down.
Fichajes report that Getafe’s €7m (£6.25m) bid and Valencia’s €10m (around £9m) offer have already been rejected for a player that cost the Yorkshire outfit £3m just 12 months ago.
The story adds that Bielsa is determined to keep Saiz at Elland Road ahead of the new campaign, which isn’t too surprising given the club’s transfer business hasn’t exactly gone to plan thus far this summer.
Well, in recent years Leeds have cashed in on the likes of Chris Wood and Lewis Cook when big-money bids have arrived, but it is clear to see with the latest Saiz update that things are changing now they have appointed a big name in Bielsa, who must hijack Fulham’s bid to sign a Chelsea attacker on loan.
Having only added Lewis Baker and Jamal Blackman to their squad so far even though there are less than a fortnight until the new season begins, it is imperative that they keep a key player in the Spaniard ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.
The 27-year-old may have gone off the boil in 2018 following a strong 2017, but his five goals and eight assists in 34 Championship appearances last term show the quality and impact he can make when he is on form.
He looks to fit perfectly into Bielsa’s style of play, and if he can get him performing consistently for the whole season he is likely to have a key role in their promotion push.