Virtually straight after Leeds United had taken apart Derby County on Friday like a badly-assembled Lego set, Phil Hay informed Leeds United fans that they were to expect a transfer arrival.
That arrival was named by Hay as Real Madrid reserve stopper Kiko Casilla. Casilla had been Madrid’s #2 last season, playing a raft of games in La Liga as well as some in the Champions League.
Further news came that the actual cost of the transfer would be £0, with Leeds actually compensating Los Blancos by buying out the remaining 18 months of the Spain international’s contract.
Reports put that figure at €1.7/£1.5m and that is a small price to pay for a stopper of such standing. Casilla was pictured heading to England last night from Madrid Barajas airport, but since then…nothing.
Or is there something in this?
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What this picture purports to show is a locker readied for Kiko Casilla, indicating that a medical is passed and that an announcement is imminent.
However, as of publishing, there is no formal announcement so it must still be said that Kiko Casilla isn’t a Leeds United player, well not yet.