Samuel Saiz is weighing up his options for the future after an unsuccessful loan spell with Getafe failed to result in a permanent return to Spain, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Saiz was only in West Yorkshire for the first 18-months of a five-year contract, but returned to La Liga in January after growing unsettled in England and longed for a move back to his homeland.
In the end, he joined Getafe, but only managed to twelve appearances for Pepe Bordalas at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez in all competitions, and started just four of those encounters.
Bordalas even dropped the 28-year-old from his plans for two months, which brought about concerns the Madrid metropolitan area side would oppose triggering their £6million option-to-buy – of which they are now certain to not use, and will likely use the funds to strengthen elsewhere as they prepare for the Europa League.
No home to be found in Getafe has left Saiz searching for the next chapter of his career, as United nor Marcelo Bielsa have any interest in offering the £14,323-a-week midfielder another chance in England, and he is not expected to be around when pre-season training begins next month.
Saiz could yet remain in Spain, though, as a number of sides are said to be interested in his availability – along with at least one unnamed overseas outfit.
Valencia, in particular, have been known to hold an interest in the Madrid-born creator, with Football Insider reporting the defeated Europa League Semi-Finalists are ready to make a bid, albeit well below our £6million valuation.
Instead, they are thought to be willing to bid closer to £3million – close to what we paid Huesca for Saiz in 2017.
Although even that may be a considered a welcome boost to Director of Football Victor Orta, as it would allow the Whites to draw a line under what turned out to be a torrid chapter in our history, and add another instalment to our transfer budget that can go toward signing players who will actually help to add the final pieces of the puzzle to a squad who came so close to securing automatic promotion.