Spanish outlet El Gol Digital have claimed that Valencia want to sign Leeds United playmaker Samu Saiz on a permanent basis this summer, despite his indifferent form on loan at Getafe.
The 28-year-old was sent on loan to Getafe by Leeds despite playing 19 times in the league during the first half of the 2018-19 campaign. It is believed the Spaniard had grown homesick.
But his return to Spain has hardly been fruitful. The former Atletico Madrid playmaker has only managed 10 appearances for loan side Getafe, though he did score his first goal in a 2-1 loss to Real Sociedad on April 28.
His future looks unlikely to be at Elland Road, even if Leeds fail to gain promotion to the Premier League. Many reports have suggested that he is set to remain in Spain, though Getafe are unlikely to exercise the permanent clause.
Indeed, it appears that Saiz could now be about to join Europa League semi-finalists Valencia this summer for a fee believed to be in the region of £5.6million. Valencia are said to want Saiz to replace Denis Cheryshev.
Saiz has been excellent for Leeds since Victor Orta brought him to Yorkshire from Huesca in the summer of 2017. He has since played 58 times for the Whites, scoring 10 goals and laying on 12 assists.
But it is not just his goals and assists. It is his dogged attitude, ability to take the ball from deep and get his side up the pitch and heart-on-the-sleeve style of play that endeared him to Leeds fans.
Certainly, he has been a miss in the second half of the campaign. But Leeds look unlikely to keep him, and a move to Valencia is a deal that would suit all parties.