Leeds United are in advanced talks to sign former Everton and Wigan goalkeeper Joel Robles this summer, according to Diaro AS.
The Spanish news outlet reported via their website on Thursday night (4 August) that director of football Victor Orta and goalkeeping coach Marcos Abad are both key to the deal that would see Robles, 32, head to Elland Road on a free transfer.
The Spanish shot-stopper has been a free agent since the end of last season when his contract expired with Real Betis.
AS adds that Jesse Marsch could view Robles as a third-choice goalkeeper behind Illan Meslier and Kristoffer Klaesson in the pecking order at Elland Road.
Leeds should never have gone into last season with the goalkeeping options they did.
Marcelo Bielsa and Marsch were extremely lucky that Meslier didn’t miss any games due to injury and that the Frenchman’s only issue was him having to be substituted off in one game against Wolves.
Klaesson stepped in and did well in that game at Molineux but can the young Norwegian be trusted to shine week in, week out should Meslier get injured or suspended? Probably not.
Robles isn’t a bad goalkeeper.
He’s got a decent amount of Premier League experience having made 51 appearances in England’s top-flight across spells at Everton and Wigan.
The former Spain Under-23 international has also played for Real Betis and Atletico Madrid in his home nation.
Robles, as a free transfer, isn’t a bad addition to the squad and hopefully his experience can help Meslier and Klaesson continue their development while he also adds some much-needed depth to Marsch’s options in between the sticks.
Leeds have signed seven players already this summer and it sure looks as though Robles will become the eighth addition for Orta.
In other Leeds United news, this Leeds star has taken Marsch’s decision personally as he looks to quit Elland Road this summer.