By Saikat Mandal

2nd Jul, 2022 | 6:40pm

Victor Orta in Italy as Leeds United eye Kalvin Phillips replacement

Victor Orta is currently in Italy as he is looking to hold meetings with one of the candidates Leeds United are looking at, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The Whites recruitment chief told COPE’s Great Match show that he won’t disclose his location, but revealed that he is in Italy.

The YEP journalist, Graham Smyth, reports (2 July) that Orta is likely to hold talks with players who are being seen as potential candidates for Leeds’ midfield vacancy.

“I’m in Italy,” said Orta to COPE’s Great Match show.

“They take pictures of me in the airports. Seriously! It’s funny. I’m not going to tell you what city I am in – if I say it to you then they’ll say ‘what’s he there for?'”

Big summer

Leeds need to act quickly after Kalvin Phillips has decided to join Manchester City. 

The Whites have signed three players already, but this summer they are likely to lose two of their best players. 

The club need to replace them and bring in the right quality of players. 

Phillips is expected to be announced as a Manchester City player on Monday (4 July) while the Raphinha saga drags on. 

Leeds will happily keep him in the squad, but they are also open to letting him go, if there’s a right offer on the table. 

Bolstering the midfield is now a priority for the club. Despite landing Marc Roca, the club probably need one or two more players in midfield to fill the void left by Phillips. 

RB Salzburg midfielder Mohamed Camara is one of the players linked with a move, while Charles De Ketelaere remains another summer target for the Whites. 

It won’t be easy to lure them away but with the money burning a hole in the pockets, Orta will feel like there are players available at a decent price who would make a difference to the squad. 

In other Leeds United news, a fellow youngster who looked to be on his way elsewhere this summer is set to stay and sign a new deal.