Exclusive: Leeds trying to find a buyer for big-earning star as firesale intensifies
EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Leeds United are trying to find a buyer for goalkeeper Kiko Casilla before the window shuts next month, Football Insider can reveal.
The 32-year-old’s future at the Championship giants is in doubt after their promotion failure and Football Insider revealed last month that his exit is potentially on the cards.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider the club are not only ready to listen to offers for Casilla but they are actively seeking a club willing to take him off their hands.
Casilla signed a four-and-a-half year deal when he arrived from Real Madrid in January that instantly catapulted him into the top bracket of earners at Leeds with a package worth more than £30,000-a-week.
The club’s failure to achieve promotion and the squeeze on their finances means the one-time Spain international is regarded as an expendable asset.
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The likelihood is that Casilla would return to his homeland, although only Spanish top-flight clubs would be able to match the salary he is on at Elland Road.
Casilla was installed as the United number one when he arrived from Real and made a solid start, before his meltdown in the play-off semi-final second leg against Derby County contributed significantly to defeat.
The possibility of Casilla leaving Elland Road comes at a time when there are also doubts over the future of Bailey Peacock-Farrell, who has threatened to quit if he is not first choice next season.
Leeds have sold a number of first team and fringe players over the last two weeks, with the most notable sales those of Pontus Jansson to Brentford for £5.5million and Jack Clarke to Tottenham for an initial £9million.
In other Leeds United news, it can be REVEALED that the club are plotting a swoop to sign Brentford 27-year-old after £2million bid submitted.