Revealed: Leeds willing to sell senior star for £4m profit
By Wayne Veysey
Leeds United are willing to sell goalkeeper Kiko Casilla this summer but will demand a hefty profit on him just six months after he arrived, Football Insider understands.
The 32-year-old’s future at the Yorkshire is in doubt after their promotion failure and Football Insider revealed he has been shortlisted as a target this window by three La Liga clubs.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider the club are ready to listen to offers for Casilla even though he signed a four-and-a-half year deal when he arrived from Real Madrid in January.
United did not pay a transfer fee for Casilla but bought him out of his Real contract and made him their top earner with a contract worth more than £30,000-a-week.
The club’s failure to achieve promotion and the squeeze on their finances means the experienced goalkeeper, a one-time Spain international, is regarded as an expendable asset.
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There have been suggestions he is open to a return to his homeland and Leeds would not stand in his way if they receive a significant offer.
It is likely United will want a fee of at least £4million for Casilla given his pedigree and experience, and the fact goalkeepers can play on well into their late 30s.
The ex-Real player has extensive experience in the Spanish top flight, including a lengthy period as Espanyol first choice.
He was immediately installed as the United number one when he arrived and made a solid start to his time at the club before a wretched performance in the most recent of his 19 appearances in the second play-off semi-final against Derby County.
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