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Morning Leeds-in for 14 January: Casilla’s transfer won’t have a fee, but he still won’t be free

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Well, landing a goalkeeper from Real Madrid won’t be cheap. Shocking, I know.

While the deal itself sounds like it won’t have an actual transfer fee, Leeds will be buying out the contract for Kiko Casilla, and he’s making somewhere in the neighbourhood of greater than £50,000 a week. Expensive, yes, but considering there are approximately 16 weeks left in the season, the deal will only cost Leeds £800,000 for the rest of the season, which is still cheaper than it would have cost to bring in Karl Darlow for £4 million. So, yes, the wage will be high, but it will be cheaper in the long run.

And if Leeds stay top of the league? Priceless.

On to the links.

Leeds United Links

Leeds reportedly interested in Swansea City duo Jefferson Montero and Daniel James. [Through It All Together]

RIP to Phil Masinga, the South Africa international who came to Leeds with Lucas Radebe. [Yorkshire Evening Post]

England and English Football Links

Everton somehow beat AFC Bournemouth 2-0. [Royal Blue Mersey]

A look at Tammy Abraham’s badge tapping at Aston Villa and how symbolism is ingrained in football. [7500 to Holte]

World Football Links

AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso made it sure seem like Gonzalo Higuain wants to go to Chelsea. [AC Milan Offside]

Torino’s Andrea Belotti is probably not going to AS Roma. [Chiesa di Totti]

Inter Milan owner Erick Thohir is reportedly close to selling shares of the club. [Serpents of Madonnina]

Inter coasted to a 6-2 victory over Benevento. [Serpents of Madoninna]

Real Madrid barely escaped Estadio Benito Villamarín with a 2-1 victory over Real Betis. [Managing Madrid]