Economic rights clause causing delay in Leeds United’s pursuit of Samuel Saiz

Samuel Sainz.
Samuel Sainz.
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SAMUEL SAIZ’S proposed move to Elland Road remains up in the air despite extended talks between Leeds United and SD Huesca.

Saiz travelled to Miami for a short holiday on Sunday with his future unresolved and Huesca still to agree to the terms of a move to Leeds.

United have been speaking to Huesca for much of the past month and both Leeds and Saiz’s camp were optimistic that a deal would be reached last week, allowing Saiz to travel to England and put the finishing touches to his move.

The Spanish midfielder, however, gave a clear indication that further discussions were needed by flying to the USA for what his agent described as “a few days’ vacation”. United are set on signing Saiz, an attacking midfielder who helped Huesca reach the Spanish second division play-offs last season, but their negotiations with Huesca have been complicated by the terms of the contract agreed when Saiz left Atletico Madrid in 2016.

Atletico retained economic rights to Saiz and negotiated a clause entitling them to half of any fee paid for Saiz provided his valuation rises above a certain level. Huesca are demanding around £3million for the former Real Madrid trainee, who scored 12 goals from midfield last term.

Eibar were one of several Spanish clubs who bid for him last month and the La Liga side believed they had a deal in place before Leeds entered the running.