Leeds transfers: Where Victor Orta went after boarding flight on Thursday

Andrea Radrizzani and Victor Orta

Leeds United are back in the big time after 16 years away.

Their success in the Championship this term was a landmark moment. They historically threw promotion away in 2018/19, but a year on, they showed their mental strength to reach the Premier League.

Marcelo Bielsa guided his team expertly through a notoriously difficult division but now he has to contend with top-flight football again.

The Argentine has managed the likes of Lille, Marseille and Athletic Bilbao in Ligue 1 and La Liga respectively so it isn't his first rodeo when it comes to the elite level.

That being said, he must now ensure he has the players at his disposal to be able to contend sufficiently in one of the most expensive leagues in world football.

Just how much Leeds have available to spend is unknown, but they raked in an estimated £200m following promotion.

It's thought just four players could walk through the door of Elland Road with various names and faces being linked.

Leeds celebrate promotion

Most recently, Stuttgart's Nicolas Gonzalez has been touted with a switch to Yorkshire.

The promising Argentine who scored 15 times last term, is seen as someone that can make an instant impact in the Premier League.

German paper BILD repeated that news late this week before going onto reveal something about Victor Orta.

The Spaniard was spotted at Leeds Bradford Airport on Thursday but it wasn't known what he was doing. That was until now, however, because BILD revealed exactly what he was doing.

According to their information, Leeds' Director of Football was travelling around Europe in the hope of finding a new striker for the Whites.

Despite that, he hasn't yet visited Stuttgart and Gonzalez. 

Luciano Gonzalez

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

It will be fascinating to see what Orta's scout reports come back with.

For the time being, Leeds have been targeting domestic players, with the likes of Said Benrahma, Michy Batshuayi and Ebere Eze lined up to improve their forward line. 

Besides Gonzalez, the Whites' approach so far has been to either look at the fringe players in the Premier League, like Harry Wilson, or the stars of the Championship - Ollie Watkins

Whether Leeds have been unconvinced by reports coming back from the English game or whether they just want to gain extra information around the continent, it could signal a change in transfer policy.

Ollie Watkins

This would be quite drastic given the club are yet to make a single signing but it makes sense for Orta to identify as many options as he can, particularly when it comes to strikers.

He's found life difficult when it's come to adding forward players to Leeds' squad. He hasn't had great success in that area of the market yet, acquiring the likes of Patrick Bamford, Eddie Nketiah and Jean-Kevin Augustin in recent years.

Things clearly need to improve.

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