Leeds United: Victor Orta reveals their plans for the summer window

Victor Orta and Andrea Radrizzani

This is one of the most exciting times to be a Leeds supporter in two decades.

They are back in the Premier League, and it looks as though the Whites are ready to spend big on potential arrivals. 

Edinson Cavani has been linked with a sensational move to Elland Road but their number one target is still Ben White.

A player touted with moves up and down the country, he'd cost a pretty penny if Brighton did relinquish their grasp on the centre-half.

It's been made clear that Leeds only want to sign four or five players in the market, but what's crucial, is that the club have a clear plan in mind.

Domestic stars are being targeted with a number of the Championship's best players at the centre of current rumours.

The likes of Said Benrahma, Ollie Watkins and Ebere Eze have all been linked, but whether Leeds have the capabilities to sign all of them remains to be seen. 

Eberechi Eze

Though, in a post-pandemic window, things are never going to be easy. Clubs have suffered from decreased revenue and as a result, may not be able to spend the large sums of money required to land their most important targets.

That's certainly the realisation for Victor Orta who spoke to The Athletic about the team's transfer plans.

Speaking to Phil Hay, he commented:

“It’s a strange situation. No one in football knows about budgets without fans in the stadiums. Every club is nervous. People say clubs are ready to sell because they need funds but some clubs don’t want to sell because they feel that the players they sell will be more expensive later. Then people say it’s a market for loans, but nobody is making lots of players available on loan. It’s really strange and there’s no precedent.

“All the deals that have been done already were probably done six months ago but, after COVID, there aren’t many clear deals being closed. When you’re in a situation you’ve never lived before, you don’t know which road to take. But we’ve designed a clear plan and we’re following a clear plan. In all levels of the club, we’re following it.

“A lot of things are not under your control and you almost have to assume that part of the process in the market will be frustrating. From your side, you do the best job you can but one small thing can change everything. But we have a plan.”

Marcelo Bielsa

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says... 

It's all well and good having a plan but if it doesn't go well, you'll end up looking like a fool.

Aston Villa last summer were in the market for players they could develop further, individuals that weren't yet in their prime.

In doing so, they splashed over £100m on a squad which struggled to stay up.

Dean Smith's men survived by the skin of their teeth and the same fate could easily fall upon Leeds.

Dean Smith and Marcelo Bielsa

That being said, they have a hierarchy who all share similar values. Andrea Radrizzani, Angus Kinnear and Orta have worked closely together for the last couple of years and built a side capable of becoming the best in the Championship.

Their working relationship is hugely important and the fact they've identified such a concise plan already is wise.

They're also targeting vulnerable clubs like Brentford, who may be forced to sell players like Benrahma and Watkins after failing to achieve promotion.

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