Leeds United still working through finer details of summer transfer exit with departure likely

-Credit: (Image: Angel Martinez/Getty Images)
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Waving farewell to Leeds United for good seems more probable than possible for Marc Roca at this point of the summer. Spanish media outlets have accelerated the speed of the midfielder’s exit this week with Real Betis reportedly ready to sign him permanently.

The 27-year-old spent last season with the Seville outfit and was among the most-used players by Manuel Pellegrini. Leeds have acknowledged talks are ongoing, but LeedsLive understands Elland Road does not expect a transfer to go through imminently.

Reports in Spain have continued to suggest United’s failure to win promotion allowed the La Liga outfit to retain Roca on loan for another year. However, with Roca’s Leeds contract expiring in 2026, Betis will reportedly look to take advantage by securing a permanent switch.

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Another year on loan would take Roca to the final 12 months of his Whites deal and see any remaining transfer value plummet. It remains to be seen what kind of deal Leeds look to strike for the out-of-favour midfielder, but all signs would suggest a return to Seville of some description will come to pass.

Roca is not expected to be the only loanee of last season who does not return to the fold next term. Brenden Aaronson has already confirmed he will be fighting for a place under Daniel Farke from August, but there are several others with their futures up in the air.

Diego Llorente, Rasmus Kristensen, Max Wober and Jack Harrison all have question marks hanging over them. Younger faces like Darko Gyabi and Sam Greenwood may get more loans if they fail to cut the mustard in pre-season with the manager.