Valencia plot late swoop for Leeds United favourite Samuel Saiz

Leeds United could face a battle to retain the services of Samuel Saiz in the coming days as LaLiga duo Valencia and Huesca target a move, according to El Gol Digital.

What’s the word?

Marcelo Bielsa has enjoyed a thrilling start to life in the Championship with Leeds United, securing four wins and one draw from five matches to establish the Peacocks are the early pacesetters in the battle for promotion to the Premier League.

Samuel Saiz has established himself as a regular in the side, featuring in all five matches, but a fight could be on the cards as El Gol Digital states Valencia see the 27-year-old as an alternative to Paris Saint-Germain’s Goncalo Guedes.

Valencia are not alone in their interest in the Spaniard, as Saiz’s former employers Huesca are also keen to bring him back to the club after earning promotion to the top-flight, just one year on after selling him to Leeds for a reported £3m.

The European transfer window closes on Friday, giving Valencia and Huesca just a few days to conclude a deal, but it could lead to a tense time for supporters at Elland Road.

Should he stay?

Saiz immediately became a hit at Leeds last season by scoring five goals and providing seven assists in 28 Championship starts last term and has proven to be an important player so far in Bielsa’s side, playing all five league games so far this season.

The creative midfielder, also capable of playing on the wing, may be tempted to return to his homeland to join Valencia, who can offer Champions League football following their fourth-placed finish in LaLiga last term, but Leeds must block any departure.

Bielsa does not have time to find an adequate replacement for Saiz in the market and an exit would leave a huge void in the squad, which may prove to be decisive at the end of the season, and Leeds also lack depth in this area.