Felix Wieldwald waltzed into Leeds United’s rumour mill, pushed past Samu Saiz, and got his deal completed before the Spaniard.
As we’ve been reporting for days, that was always likely to happen, with Saiz seemingly not quite as close as it was presented at the beginning of the week.
There’s been no advance over the past few days on Saiz, short of an assumption that the deal has to be closer simply because of the passing of time.
Jorge Puyuelo, a journalist local to Saiz’s current club Huesca, has been pushing the story, and two days ago told Spanish radio: “It will be official by the latest Monday.”
It’s gone quiet since.
There’s been social media edging it forward, but all based on older reports in Spain. If it’s Huesca holding things up, then that’s likely to change.
Marca say the exit of Saiz is key to the club signing Álex Gallar, and they’ve already agreed personal terms with the Cultural player.
Gallar has a buyout clause of around €400k, and Huesca will have to go close to that, or even pay it all.
That should be a push on the deal and it’s needed, because, as it stands, it would be no surprise if Monday came and went without a Saiz to Leeds United announcement.