Leeds United are reportedly close to signing Real Madrid goalkeeper Kiko Casilla as they look to bolster their squad to continue their push for promotion.
Phil Hay of the Yorkshire Evening Post is reporting that Leeds are planning to buy out the last 18 months of Casilla’s contract and Real will allow the Spaniard to leave and join Bielsa’s side.
Casilla has slipped to third choice at the Bernabeu, behind both Thibaut Courtois and Keylor Navas, and has failed to make an appearance for the reigning European champions this season.
Leeds have been actively pursuing a new goalkeeper to add to their squad as their only senior stopper is 22-year old academy product Bailey Peacock-Farrell, who has made a number of errors for the Championship leaders this season.
Bielsa’s side also lost Chelsea loanee Jamal Blackman to a broken leg earlier in the season which has seen them desperate for some reinforcements between the sticks with the likes of Newcastle’s Karl Darlow and Fulham’s Fabri also being linked to Elland Road.
Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague also confirmed that the transfer was “gathering pace” and that Casilla is expected to make the move to Yorkshire in the next week.
The transfer of Casilla to @LUFC gathering pace. Real willing to sell, player willing to come, so, as Rafa would say, if white and in a bottle, it’s milk. It should be confirmed next week
He needs a run of games to shake off any rustiness but excellent modern Gk pic.twitter.com/tbFyu2GIkG
— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) January 13, 2019
Casilla made his first impression at senior level with Espanyol, a club he joined from Real on a free transfer in 2007 and played for over 100 times.
He then returned Madrid in 2015 for a fee of more than £5m and has compiled 30 first-team appearances but has failed to truly nail down a first-team place.
The signing of Casilla would be a massive boost for Leeds United who currently sit four points clear at the top of the Championship following their 2-0 victory over Derby last Friday night.