Valencia have tabled a bid for controversial Leeds United attacker Samuel Saiz, Football Insider understands.
The La Liga big hitters have followed up their strong interest in the 28-year-old by making a firm move to sign him in the summer window.
A Spanish source has told Football Insider that Valencia have entered the bidding at around the £2.5million mark and well below the £6million figure Leeds had hoped to get for Saiz when he abruptly quit mid-season.
The Spanish club’s offer is believed to have been made before Saiz was publicly caught up in match-fixing scandal in Spain and it remains to be seen if that could have any affect on their plans to sign him.
The club, who are owned by billionaire Peter Lim, finished fourth in this season’s Spanish league and reached the Europa League semi-finals, where they were defeated by Arsenal.
Saiz joined Getafe on loan for the second half of the recently-completed domestic season but made little impact, starting just two league games among 13 appearances in all competitions and scoring a single goal.
The attacking midfielder was more successful during his one-and-a-half seasons at Leeds after signing from Huesca for around £3million in 2017.
Saiz scored 10 goals and supplied 12 assists in 58 appearances before engineering a loan-to-buy move to Madrid-based Getafe, who do not plan to take up their option to make the deal permanent before it expires.