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Report: Club open contract talks with 24-year-old Leeds now want; could include £42.6m release clause

Levante are working to tie reported Leeds United target Dani Cardenas down to a new contract that would run until 2025 with an option for a further two years, according to Spanish outlet Levante EMV.

The Whites are searching for a replacement for Kiko Casilla. The Spaniard’s loan move to Elche was confirmed earlier this week.

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And it appears that Leeds are looking for a youngster to rival Illan Meslier at Elland Road.

It was reported this week that Freddie Woodman, Kristoffer Klaesson and Cardenas are on their radar.

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More recently, it has been claimed that Valerenga are braced for a bid from Leeds for Klaesson.

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Levante meanwhile, appear to be doing all they can to ensure that Cardenas does not leave.

As things stand, the 24-year-old’s deal expires next summer. However, Transfermarkt shows that Levante have the option to extend those terms by two years.

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And according to Levante EMV, the Granotes are hoping to tie Cardenas down until 2025, keeping the option for a further two years.

Interestingly, it is noted that Levante want to include a release clause of £42.6 million in the deal.

Admittedly, it is common practice for huge release clauses to be included in contracts in countries such as Spain and Portugal.

But wanting to keep him potentially until 2027 says a lot, too. He has tended to be Levante’s backup goalkeeper. He made just 13 appearances last season.

Levante do not necessarily need to extend his terms. They could theoretically take up the option for him to stay until 2024.

So the fact that they want fresh talks arguably hints that Leeds may have to be prepared to work hard if they want to secure his signature.

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