Leicester City have decided to release striker Ayoze Perez just months after Leeds United considered a deal.
Leeds United missed out on Ayoze Perez in January and the striker will now leave Leicester City this summer.
The Foxes suffered relegation on the final day of the Premier League season, following Leeds United into the league.
Just two years after winning the FA Cup, Leicester are now down in the second tier and a major upheaval is expected.
The exodus has already begun as Youri Tielemans completes his move to Aston Villa this weekend.
Leicester also released their retained list on Mondayand announces the departure of players like Ryan Bertrand, Daniel Amartey and Ayoze Perez.
Perez spent the second half of the season on loan at Real Betis, scoring three goals in 19 La Liga games.
The 29-year-old probably knew his days were numbered, but now he’s had confirmation of his departure.
Leicester spent £30m to sign Perez from Newcastle United in 2019but are now glad that he can go for free.
Leeds United missed out on Ayoze Perez in January
What’s interesting is that while Perez watched Leicester go down during their game in Spain, he could have viewed them as rivals.
CBS Sports reporter Ben Jacobs claimed in January that Victor Orta took a cautious approach to bringing Perez to Leeds.
Leeds needed attacking reinforcements in January and Orta was keen to sign his Spanish compatriot.
Perez ended up in Spain instead, returning home to try his luck at Betis rather than join one of Leicester’s relegation rivals.
Georginio Rutter joined a big move from Hoffenheim and failed to make an impact as he seemed far too rude to make a real difference in the Premier League.
Some might wonder if a more proven Premier League attacker like Perez Leeds could have offered a little more up front.
Perez is now available again and perhaps Leeds will consider him again on a free transfer.
The departure of Victor Orta makes that a little unlikely, but you never say never, even if Leeds join Leicester in the Championship.
The £30m striker was sacked after Leeds United missed out on January’s move. Orta wanted him to appear on HITC first.