By Wayne Veysey
Samuel Saiz is in advanced talks to join a club in Spain as he prepares to turn his back on Leeds United for good, Football Insider understands.
The playmaker, 28, has been trying to secure a permanent move to a club in his homeland all summer but there have been few buyers willing to meet Leeds’ £6million asking price.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that Saiz is now closing in on a permanent cut-price move to the Spanish top flight as he looks to sever his ties with the Yorkshire giants two years after joining for around £3million.
This comes after Saiz had been told to secure new employers by this week or head back to Thorp Arch to train with his parent club.
Saiz has been eager to avoid that scenario after falling foul last season of Marcelo Bielsa, who was willing to sanction the attacker’s exit midway through the campaign rather than have an unhappy player at the club.
Leeds have made it clear during negotiations with Spanish clubs including Girona, Valencia and Getafe, where the playmaker spent the second half of last season on loan, that they want a permanent sale rather than another temporary deal.
The Championship club have already knocked back several loan offers from Spain for Saiz, who made little impression at Getafe as he started just two league games among 13 appearances in all competitions for the Madrid-based club and scored a single goal.
Nevertheless, Saiz has a fine track record in Spain and still has a sound reputation.
He has two years remaining on his contract with Leeds, where his 58 matches yielded 10 goals and 12 assists and he was a fans favourite due to his skill and technical ability.
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