Earlier on Tuesday morning we covered a claim from Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo that Victor Orta is a candidate to take a transfer direction role at Deportivo La Coruna this summer.
Given how big the claim is, and of what potential importance it would be to Leeds United, we went over to check out what the Galician media have been saying about their local club and Orta.
And there’s plenty in Spain to back the story up.
Cadena Ser, a radio station, went with the claims on Monday afternoon, saying the Leeds United man is one of the ‘strongest’ names in the running to replace Richard Barral.
It’s explained the main doubt around Orta is that Depor had previously been considering a team of people, rather than having one man mainly directing things. But that certainly isn’t presented as a killer to the potential move.
El Desmarque shine an apple on their lapel and say they first revealed the talks on March 26th (we’ve checked, they did).
They then cover the situation and talks which have been held, and why Orta is being considered: ‘Deportivo contacted Orta informally in mid-March to find out about his availability and his current professional situation in English football, which he reached in May 2017. In this particular case, the club was the one who took the step to start the first conversations, which have not yet reached their most advanced stage.
‘With a reputation behind his back in clubs such as Sevilla (where he was under Monchi from 2006 to 2013), Zenit Saint Petersburg – serving as head of scouts, Elche CF and Middlesbrough, Orta has been and is praised for his ability to control markets that are still little exploited by many of the top-level technical secretariats and sports departments.’
Orta’s time under Monchi at Sevilla is likely to be the big attraction for Deportivo, rather than what he’s done at Middlesbrough and Leeds United.