Revealed: Orta working on deal to sell high-value Leeds player
Leeds United recruitment chief Victor Orta is working on a deal to sell Samuel Saiz to a Spanish club amid doubts Getafe will convert his loan into a full-time switch, Football Insider understands.
Leeds announced in mid-December that the attacking midfielder had signed temporarily with the La Liga club “with a view to a permanent transfer in the summer”.
But Saiz has failed to make an impressure at the Madrid-based outfit to throw the deal into considerable and a United source has told Football Insider that Orta is looking at alternative options to Getafe.
Leeds do not want the 28-year-old back at Elland Road at the end of the season and are keen to sell a player who they value at around the £6million mark.
Hopes of securing such a fee have been hit by Saiz’s second-string status at Getafe, where he has started just two matches during his loan and has not had a single minute of action since 9 February.
The Spaniard was an unused substitute for Getafe’s 3-0 win over Sevilla at the weekend after failing to make the matchday 18 in four of the club’s five previous league fixtures.
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Nevertheless, the source explained that director of football Orta and his team are confident of finding a buyer willing to pay big money for Saiz if Getafe pull the plug on a permanent switch.
The Spaniard has two years remaining on the four-year contract he signed when joining from Huesca in the summer of 2017.
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