By Wayne Veysey
Sevilla have tabled a contract offer to Kiko Casilla as they step up their bid to sign him from Leeds United this summer, Football Insider can reveal.
The Spanish club have set their sights on prising the 32-year-old from Elland Road before the transfer window cut-off as they look to strengthen in the goalkeeper position.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that Casilla has an offer on the table from the La Liga big hitters but not yet one that matches his current deal at United, where he earns £40,000-a-week.
The Spaniard’s position remains up in the air with 11 days remaining in the summer window, although a move is still very much on the cards.
As revealed by Football Insider earlier this month, Leeds are looking for a buyer for Casilla this window as they prepare for him to move on just six months after signing him from Real Madrid.
Casilla signed a four-and-a-half year deal when he arrived from Real Madrid in January but United’s failure to achieve promotion and the squeeze on their finances means the one-time Spain international is regarded as an expendable asset.
The former Espanyol and Real star was in goal for Saturday night’s 1-1 draw against Cagliari in Italy, but Leeds remain open to letting him leave, while there are also doubts over the future of Bailey Peacock-Farrell.
The Andalusians already have one of La Liga’s best shot-stoppers in Czech international Tomas Vaclik but are set to continue talks behind the scenes in a bid to convince Casilla to return to his homeland.
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