By Craig Scott

16th Jun, 2022 | 7:10am

Marc Roca watched by Victor Orta for years as Leeds United medical scheduled

Victor Orta has been watching Marc Roca for a long time with the Spanish midfielder set to join Leeds United, according to The Athletic journalist Phil Hay.

Guardian journalist Fabrizio Romano reported via his personal Twitter account on Tuesday night (15 June) that it’s a “done deal” for Leeds to sign Roca, 25, in a deal worth £10.4million plus add-ons.

It is understood that the Bayern Munich player will undergo a medical with the Whites at some point this week.

The Athletic journalist Hay suggests that Roca is a signing that’s been pushed forward by director of football Orta, who’d watched the ex-Spain Under-21 international in his time at Espanyol before he joined Bayern in 2020.

“What Orta likes about Roca, from what I can gather, was his time at Espanyol, where he was extremely highly thought of and was developing into a top-quality player, which is why he went to Bayern Munich,” said Hay on the latest episode of The Phil Hay Show podcast (16 June, 10m50s).

“What they know about him from Bayern Munich is told them that is that Bayern don’t have an issue with him really.

“They don’t see him as a player who’s never fitted in, they don’t see him as a player who’s been a poor choice when it comes to signing him in the place. They just have an extremely strong squad and an extremely strong team, which is difficult to get into.”

Orta’s buy

You get the impression that there’s more cohesion between Orta and Jesse Marsch in the transfer strategy at Leeds United.

While we’re not suggesting that Marcelo Bielsa had his players bought for him, the Argentine was offered players on a list by Orta and then he’d go through and choose who he wants.

But so far, we’ve seen Leeds sign Brenden Aaronson from Red Bull Salzburg and he seems as though he could have been a joint mission by Orta and Marsch while Rasmus Kristensen seems to have been more of a Marsch buy.

With Roca, this smacks of an Orta transfer.

Marsch obviously didn’t see anyone he fancied or could afford at one of his former clubs so Orta’s had to use his links to his homeland in Spain to sign Roca.

The former Spain Under-21 international impressed at Espanyol before joining Bayern in 2020 but in his time in Germany, he’s played just 24 times in all competitions and most of those appearances have been as a substitute.

All the noise surrounding Roca is positive though, which is great.

Leeds are signing a Spanish midfielder at a peak age in his career from Bayern Munich.

It wasn’t that long ago we were signing Jay-Roy Grot and Pawel Cibicki.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites have verbally agreed a deal for a Spanish club to make a windfall due to a 20 per cent transfer clause.