By Craig Scott

19th Aug, 2022 | 9:30pm

Leeds United: Victor Orta in talks with Kai Wagner's camp as January transfer twist emerges

Jesse Marsch and Victor Orta are both in talks with the representatives of Philadelphia Union’s Kai Wagner as Leeds United scope out potential left-back signings, according to Forbes.

The US magazine reported via their website on Friday (19 August) that the 25-year-old’s market value, via transfermarkt, has risen from £2.7million ($3.3m) to £3.7million ($4.4m) this week.

It is understood that makes the Leeds-linked German the most valuable left-back in the MLS with the Yorkshire giants keeping a close eye on his development.

Forbes claims Marsch and Orta are in “close contact” with Wagner’s camp but a move for the former Schalke full-back isn’t likely to materialise until the winter when the 2022 MLS season has ended.

On the rise

Wagner is certainly growing into a top left-back.

However, being a great left-back in the MLS doesn’t mean you’d be a good one in the Premier League and while Marsch has expert knowledge of football in the USA, it doesn’t mean everyone and anyone should be signed from there.

Brenden Aaronson and Tyler Adams have both been proven entities in European football so signing them is fine as a lot of American players do shine over here.

And while Wagner isn’t American – he’s German – there’s probably a reason why he never kicked into life in the Bundesliga and has spent almost his entire career playing in the States.

Yes, he’s done well there and no, we don’t want to write him off.

But come on. There are better and more proven left-backs in this country and in Europe or in places like South America.

It just feels like another player is being looked at because Marsch is American and because the 49ers are American.

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