Leeds United are considering a move for Levante goalkeeper Dani Cardenas this summer, according to The Athletic‘s Phil Hay.
The Lowdown: Leeds search for new goalkeeper
Kiko Casilla’s loan move to Elche next season means the Whites need to sign a replacement between the sticks, with Illan Meslier the only established option in that role.
Leeds have been linked with a move for Valerenga stopper Kristoffer Klaesson, but another ‘keeper is also reportedly in contention to move to Elland Road.
The Latest: Whites interested in Cardenas
The individual in question is Cardenas, with Hay claiming that Leeds see both him and Klaesson as ‘suitable’ backups to Meslier moving forward.
Cardenas was limited to just eight La Liga appearances for Levante last season, finding himself behind Aitor Fernandez in the pecking order.
The Verdict: Strong deputy to Meslier
Leeds don’t need to bring in a top-class ‘keeper – a solid backup option is all that is needed, with Meslier hopefully available for the vast majority of the Whites’ matches.
He conceded a respectable 16 goals in 13 appearances for the club (1.23 per game), which is actually a better concession rate than Meslier’s 52 in 35 matches (1.49 per game) last season, so he could be a strong deputy to the French youngster.
The 24-year-old has La Liga experience to his name and he wouldn’t represent an expensive signing – he is valued at just £540,000 by Transfermarkt – so it is a move which makes plenty of sense from a Leeds point of view.
In other news, Leeds are reportedly still eyeing up a move for one player this summer. Find out who it is here.
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