Deportivo La Coruña were relegated from the La Liga for the fourth time in seven years after suffering a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Barcelona, which also confirmed that Ernesto Valverde’s side will be the new Spanish champions this season.

According to the Spanish newspaper AS, the La Coruña based club’s president Tino Fernández has set his sights on appointing a sporting director after being relegated to the second division of the Spanish football.

Fernandez is keen on Levante technical secretary Carmelo del Pozo. The former Real Oviedo sporting director is the primary target for Deportivo president as he is preparing a plan for the next campaign.

Any approach in sign Del Pozo would not be easy for Deportivo because he has one year left on his contract. There’s a €500k termination fee, which seems hefty.

This could force them to shift elsewhere and Leeds United transfer guru Víctor Orta and Las Palmas technical secretary Luis Helguera are the other two candidates. The Championship club’s sporting director was long been linked with a move to Deportivo, something Sport Witness has widely covered in the last few months.

Del Pozo still remains a target for Fernandez and failure to agree a fee with the Levante and personal terms with their technical secretary will force Deportivo to find other alternatives. This is mainly because Depor are keen on confirming their next sporting director before the end of next week.

This has always felt like Depor potentially chasing Orta, rather than the Leeds United man offering himself to Spanish clubs. Whilst there’s every chance the club may contact Orta again if they can’t get joy with Del Pozo, Depor likely won’t have the spending power of Leeds this summer.