By Craig Scott

21st Sep, 2022 | 7:40am

Chelsea consider approach for Leeds United chief Victor Orta, want permission for talks

Chelsea have discussed the possibility of hiring Leeds United chief Victor Orta as their new sporting director, according to The Guardian.

The newspaper reported via their website on Tuesday (20 September) that the Londoners “are considering whether to ask Leeds for permission to speak to Orta” after dealing with the Spaniard in the summer when they tried to sign Raphinha, who ended up joining Barcelona, from the Whites.

It si understood that Orta’s time as Leeds’ director of football has led to him gaining a reputation for being a “canny recruiter” as Chelsea continue to shuffle the deck at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea seem to have turned their attention to hiring Orta after missing out on Red Bull Salzburg’s Christoph Freund as he had a change of heart over heading to Stamford Bridge.

Bayer Leverkusen’s Tim Steidte is also on the West London club’s list.

Hands off

Orta gets a lot of stick from Leeds fans.

We think it’s very unfair too because while he has had his flops at Elland Road, the Spaniard has done way more good for the club than he has harm.

Sure, there’s been the occasional Jean-Kevin Augustin and Ouasim Bouy. But there’s also been Marcelo Bielsa, Raphinha, Patrick Bamford, Jack Harrison and more.

Orta has played a massive role in turning Leeds around and to lose him now would be a crushing blow for the club because he’s so engrained in the way things work at Elland Road.

Will Andrea Radrizzani grant Chelsea permission to hold talks with his trusted recruitment chief? If he does, it might say a lot about whether 49ers Enterprises will complete their takeover of the Yorkshire club.

If Radrizzani was still in it for the long haul at Leeds, we reckon he’d bat off any attempt by Chelsea to hire Orta but with doubts surrounding the Italian’s longevity at Elland Road, there could be a stance that sees Orta move on as he might not have a long-term future here himself.

We’ll see. But for now, we’d like for Orta to stay.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay says this “non-stop” player is all but done at Elland Road.