The Lowdown: Orta linked with Chelsea
Recent reports have stated that the Blues’ co-owner Todd Boehly will step up interviews this week, with Orta seemingly on a four-man shortlist alongside Atalanta’s Lee Congerton, Sevilla’s Monchi and Benfica’s Rui Pedro Braz.
The Latest: Maguire’s comments
He believes that Leeds will hold out for a ‘maximum amount’ for the 43-year-old, although he feels that the Blues ‘will be prepared to pay whatever the asking price is’.
“With the Dan Ashworth to Newcastle case, we saw that directors of football are now in the upper echelons as far behind-the-scenes staff are concerned.
“Todd Boehly appointing himself as the interim sporting director is a really good case for having a professional do it as opposed to an amateur.
“Chelsea have behaved in a haphazard and disjointed way over the summer with regards to recruitment.
“Leeds will therefore hold out for the maximum amount. If they do not get their way, they are entitled to put Orta on gardening leave and make things as awkward as possible for Chelsea.
“Having said that, given the speed with which Graham Potter went to Chelsea, I suspect that the club will be prepared to pay whatever the asking price is.”
The Verdict: Fingers crossed
Therefore, it would be a blow if he ends his five-year stay in Yorkshire to join Chelsea, with the Spaniard working closely with Jesse Marsch.
While you could argue a few of his big-money Leeds transfers haven’t gone to plan, his track record contains more positive than negative deals in Yorkshire. He has helped Marsch massively over the summer with a number of additions, so hopefully he stays put for another while yet.
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