Leeds United are willing to let Kiko Casilla go for nothing this summer to get him off the wage bill, Football Insider can reveal.
The goalkeeper, 34, lost his number one status this time last year after serving an eight-match racism ban.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that the club are keen to get high-earning Casilla off their books and recruit a new keeper in the next window.
They recognise that Casilla’s £40,000-a-week contract, signed when he joined from Real Madrid in January 2019, make it difficult for him to get a new club.
Leeds believe that it would be good business for them to make a £4million wage saving by offloading the Spaniard without a transfer fee.
He had been United’s top earner along with Patrick Bamford before the flood of big-money signings led by record capture Rodrigo last summer.
But Casilla has been a fringe figure over last year after his public disgrace.
That opened the door for Illan Meslier to shine in the starting XI and he has developed to the point where he is one of the outstanding young goalkeepers in the world.
United are keen to tie down the young Frenchman to an improved contract and see him not only as their number one for next season but for many years to come.
Meslier has started 28 of Leeds’ 29 matches this season, with Casilla’s only Premier League appearance coming when the youngster was injured.
The senior man has made three appearances in total this term, with the other two in the FA Cup and League Cup.
He had interest from Spanish sides last summer but his salary was a major sticking point.
A potential free transfer could appeal to La Liga teams, although it may require Casilla to take a wage cut to leave.