Local journalist Phil Hay has given more details on the Leeds United deal that has seen attacking-midfielder Samu Saiz move permanently to La Liga side Girona.
The deal was confirmed by the Whites on Thursday afternoon for an ‘undisclosed fee’ but Hay has revealed that Leeds stand to receive around £2.5million for his services.
Having paid Huesca just over £3million for the Spaniard back in 2017, it marks a noticeable loss from his time at Elland Road.
During his time with the club he scored ten goals and assisted 12 more in 58 appearances – ultimately failing to reach the levels expected of him.
Saiz first signalled his desire to leave the club midway through last season and was sent out on loan to Getafe during the January transfer window.
But they were not interested in taking the 28-year-old permanently leaving Girona to swoop in and pick him up instead.
His departure marks the third significant first-team sale of the summer following Jack Clarke’s sale and loan-back to Tottenham and Pontus Jansson’s shock move to Brentford.
I think this is an adequate deal for Leeds.
Of course, the £2.5million will prove helpful in bolstering their transfer funds but getting the Spaniard off the wage bill is also hugely important.
It is likely that he was one of the higher earners at the club so it is likely that keeping him at the club or just loaning him out again would have seriously hampered their chances.
However, fans have been far from convinced by the Whites in the transfer window this summer so it will be very interesting to see how much is reinvested.Like what the FLW have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!