Victor Orta has pretty much poured cold water on all speculation linking Leeds United with Freiburg defender Robin Koch.
Even though Orta confirmed in January that he has compiled a scouting report on the 23-year-old centre-back, it seems that any further speculation is nothing with any basis.
Orta admitted, when he spoke about Koch, that if Leeds would have to be a Premier League club to stand a chance of signing the Germany international.
Several months on, and even though the Championship season is suspended due to coronavirus, Leeds are well on track to win automatic promotion and Koch has become more of a viable transfer target.
Koch is a great defender and he wowed a number of Leeds fans on Saturday when he impressed in Freiburg’s 1-1 draw against RB Leipzig as the Bundesliga got back underway behind closed doors.
Unfortunately, it seems as though Leeds are not looking at any players at the moment with Orta saying that the uncertainty surrounding everything in English football has put a hold to his transfer tactics.
Speaking to Guillem Balague, Orta has responded to a question asking if he could decide on any transfer targets. He said: “Obviously not. There are two different scenarios in my case with two different budgets.
“The most important situation is nobody can talk about security, availability of players or decisions because nobody knows what is happening about his own budget, about his own future in this moment.
“It’s the situation where you need to make the pre-analysis. Perhaps in the past, the pre-analysis was a small part of the time, now it’s bigger.
“What I want is to make better this pre-analysis, my goal at this moment.”
There we go. Leeds do not seem to be following anyone closely at the moment – if we take Orta’s word as the complete truth.
It is a shame if true because Koch is a decent defender who could replace Ben White if the Brighton loanee isn’t signed permanently by the Whites.
O Jogo has reported the defender is valued at only £10.5million due to coronavirus’ impact on football’s economy.
Leeds should try not to miss out on that bargain but, if they do, we’re sure Orta will find someone else just as good.
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