Leeds United’s director of football Victor Orta is attracting interest from Italian side AS Roma as they plot to swoop for his services.
Having joined under Andrea Radrizzani back in 2017, Orta has overseen all of the recruitment that has put Leeds back in the Premier League, but it hasn’t always been smooth sailing in that regard.
His first season in the role was a tough one as Leeds’ post-Garry Monk slump saw a number of gambles arrive and struggle, with the club still trying to shift some of that deadwood.
However, with that season firmly put to bed, Orta’s masterclass came by convincing Marcelo Bielsa to make the move to West Yorkshire, which in turn brought significantly better players too.
Promotion back to the Premier League has opened up a whole new world of possibilities in the transfer market for the Whites and Victor Orta has played a blinder so far with deals for Rodrigo Moreno, Robin Koch and Diego Llorente all being concluded with minimal fuss, as well as smart deals for the under-23s side too.
Leeds are still pushing for another fresh face or two after their impressive 1-1 draw against Manchester City, with the deadline shutting tomorrow.
The spending total looks set to rise above £80million if Leeds can get their targets over the line in the next two days but Victor Orta’s work is already seeing him gain admirers from Europe.
Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport (as per Sky Sports) are reporting that Italian side AS Roma are looking into the possibility of making Orta their new director of football.
The Spaniard is part of a three-man shortlist as Roma look to fill their vacancy, he’s joined by former RB Leipzig head coach Ralf Rangnick and Lille’s Luis Campos.
It’s no shock to see Orta’s work gaining admirers but you’d hope, like Marcelo Bielsa, he’ll stick around until the club has consolidated its place back in the Premier League before venturing to pastures new.
Orta has received an awful lot of criticism during his time at Leeds with his early transfers not paying off, but getting Bielsa has to be enough for his time to be considered a rousing success.
The passion he shows in the directors area of Elland Road is astounding and you can’t deny his commitment to Leeds United.
It would be a shame to see such a key figure leave and I think Orta’s bond with us would see him struggle to walk away when this project is only just getting started.