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Leeds United looking to offload another first-team regular

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It seems there are set to be more departures from Elland Road this summer as Leeds United are reportedly trying to sell goalkeeper Kiko Casilla.

Five players have left the club already in the transfer window, including the sale of first-team regulars Jack Clarke and Pontus Jansson.

Casilla joined the Whites from Real Madrid on a free transfer in January but it appears he may be the latest player to make an exit.

According to Football Insider, Leeds are not only open to offers for the 32-year-old but are now actively seeking a club to offload the shot-stopper to.

The Spaniard signed a four-and-a-half year contract when he arrived at Elland Road at the start of the year and is believed to be amongst the highest earners at the club, with a reported wage of more than £30,000 per week.

The financial implications of Leeds failing to secure promotion last season has meant the goalkeeper is now understood to be considered an expendable asset, despite finishing the season as Marcelo Bielsa’s first choice.

Casilla missed just two games after joining the Yorkshire club last season, keeping six clean sheets in 19 appearances, but took heavy criticism from fans after his mistake in the play-off semi-final defeat to Derby.

The Verdict

If Casilla is amongst the highest earners at Leeds then it is understandable that the club will feel he needs to be moved on, but it would be a risk for Bielsa to sell his first-choice goalkeeper ahead of a season in which the Whites are among the favourites to win the Championship.

The other options in the Leeds squad are young duo Bailey Peacock-Farrell and Will Huffer.

Peacock-Farrell was the Argentine coach’s first choice prior to Casilla’s arrival and had put in some good performances in the first half of the season, conceding 32 goals in 28 appearances and keeping 10 clean sheets.

Leeds fans could choose to look at this news positively, as getting the 32-year-old off the books could put the club in a better position to reject any offers for talismanic midfielder Kalvin Phillips, who has reportedly drawn the interest of Premier League clubs.

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