According to a report from the Daily Mirror, Leeds have agreed a £500,000 loan fee with Getafe for Samuel Saiz, while the move will cost £5.8 million if the La Liga side make the deal permanent in the summer.
It has caught many by surprise over the last week how quickly Saiz's exit has been sorted. While he had been a slightly more peripheral figure under Marcelo Bielsa in recent times, few would have imagined that he would have been on his way out of Elland Road even before the January window has opened.
A further surprise came when it initially emerged that he was leaving on loan. While allowing him to leave and getting the situation resolved quickly makes sense given his unhappiness, a temporary deal seemed to do the Championship leaders few favours in regards to their January transfer budget.
Bielsa's previous comments regarding the January window hint that he is not looking for the club to do much business - especially when you consider that most managers would be expressing their desperation for a busy month if they had the same number of injuries that Bielsa has had to cope with.
Perhaps Leeds may be tempted to use the loan market to try and help them get across the line in the promotion race, so the slight financial boost that has come from Saiz's loan may have some benefit before they, more than likely, receive a seven-figure fee for the playmaker in the summer.
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