Well, this day keeps getting stranger and stranger, that’s for sure.
After the “spygate” incidents from earlier today, to a dominant 2-0 win over Derby County, today was a pretty eventful day for Leeds United fans.
And then, right after the match ended, we all got some transfer news.
Exc: Some major transfer news - Leeds United close to sealing permanent deal for Real Madrid goalkeeperhttps://t.co/oms0DAwNVS— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) January 11, 2019
Leeds are reportedly close to sealing a permanent deal for Real Madrid keeper Kiko Casilla.
Yes, that Real Madrid. The one from Spain. That won a bunch of Champions League trophies.
The 32 year-old Spanish keeper has 18 months left on his deal at Real Madrid, but he’s fallen to third place after former Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois came to Madrid in the summer transfer window to take over the number one shirt from Costa Rica’s Keylor Navas.
Leeds were interested in Newcastle’s Karl Darlow, but couldn’t agree a fee, and while Fulham’s Fabri was also an option, it was ultimately the man from Real Madrid who is coming to Leeds. Chelsea loanee Jamal Blackman had his loan cut short because of a broken leg, leaving Leeds with only Academy keeper Will Huffer as a backup.
Besides Real Madrid, Casilla has also played at Espanyol, a club that Marcelo Bielsa once managed, RM Castilla, Cadiz, and FC Cartagena. While he hasn’t appeared at all this season, he’s played 43 times for Real Madrid and 126 times for Espanyol.
Casilla is definitely an experienced option between the sticks, and Bailey Peacock-Farrell will be able to learn a lot from him. This is another surprising transfer from Spain, and hopefully this will help push the club towards promotion.
What a day, what a day.