This is a move that is certainly geared towards building for the future, it’s just a case of when that future is going to come around.
According to a report in Italian outlet L’Arena, Leeds United are close to signing Chievo Verona goalkeeper Elia Caprile. The 18-year-old is into the final few months of his contract at his current club, and it looks as if Leeds are going to be the ones to offer him a new home.
I don’t have a problem with this move, I’ve always said that you can’t go wrong with an Italian goalkeeper (with Massimo Taibi perhaps being the one obvious exception), seeing as they produce so many good ones. It does, however, go back to what I was saying during the summer, in that the amount of young players that Marcelo Bielsa is bringing in is a signal that he intends to be here for a long time.
When you combine that with the performance of Illan Meslier on Monday night at the Emirates, it looks as if Kiko Casilla’s days could very much be numbered, as Bielsa is clearly looking to find his long-term replacement.
He may have found one of them in Meslier, and now the fact that the club are bringing in yet another young goalkeeper, that says to me that there could be plans afoot to essentially try and move on the Spaniard on at some stage in the near future and restructure the hierarchy with Meslier eventually at the top of that list.
Quite when the move away from Casilla will take place is hard to say, his contract runs out in 2023 so there is still some time left on it, but that could just mean that the club can get more money for him if they sell him earlier rather than later.
Do we need to sign a first-team goalkeeper in January?
I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what the future holds, not just for Casilla but the rest of the goalkeepers at the club as well.