Leeds United have finally made a splash in the transfer market but this week, one of Marcelo Bielsa’s stars has been linked with an exit away from Elland Road this summer…
According to the Daily Mirror’s David Anderson, the Yorkshire giants will consider offers for veteran goalkeeper Kiko Casilla as he’s set to be the second-choice behind Illan Meslier this term.
Although he does suggest that United aren’t shipping him out, they are open to any bids that may come their way.
It comes just a few months after the reliable Phil Hay hinted towards the Spaniard’s departure, claiming that his “gut feeling is that they’ll replace Casilla.”
The 33-year-old’s Leeds career should have been over the minute he was found guilty of racially abusing another professional, then Charlton loanee Jonathan Leko.
During his eight-game suspension, he rightfully lost his place in Bielsa’s starting XI and the performances from Meslier in his absence were clearly enough to convince the Argentine into trusting him in the top-flight.
Casilla has always been a divisive figure to supporters, they’ve been on his back on more than one occasion due to the mistakes he can make.
It’s been a pretty poor decision all-round to bring him to Yorkshire but none more so than financially – yes, he was secured on a free transfer from Real Madrid, who undoubtedly were keen to get him off the books but his high wages are surely a cause for concern.
As per Football Insider, Casilla is thought to be on around £40k-per-week, which means the club has splashed out nearly £3.4m in wages alone. This is surely something they won’t want to keep up if he’s not going to be starting matches this season.
It also provides a stark reminder that Victor Orta doesn’t always get everything right, so you can bring in Robin Koch and the two Rodrigo’s, but they are by no means going to be a success just yet.
AND in other news, Leeds United enter race to sign Championship sensation…