Chelsea will now consider Leeds United’s Victor Orta as a possible target in their search to appoint a sporting director, it’s been reported.

According to The Guardian, the Blues are continuing to try find a sporting director after they failed in their mission to get Red Bull Salzburg’s Christoph Freund.

The report claims that Leeds chief Orta, 43, is someone that’s been discussed as a potential candidate by Chelsea.

It is understood the Blues are weighing up making contact with Leeds to begin conversations with their director of football.

Bayer Leverkusen’s Tim Steidten is another contender linked with Chelsea.

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Chelsea consider Victor Orta

Described as an “incredible recruiter” by Leeds manager Jesse Marsch, Orta has played an important part in building the Yorkshire club up from the Championship to regain Premier League status.

It’s clear Leeds have conducted some great transfer business over the years, including some eye-catching recruitment this summer after cashing in on prized assets Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips. He’s clearly got a great eye for spotting transfer bargains, too.

Also, the fact the Spaniard is so well liked by the Leeds boss is something quite interesting to note.

His previous work stretches back to clubs at Zenit St-Petersburg, Sevilla, Middlesbrough, Elche, and Real Valladolid.

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Would Graham Potter be onboard with targeting Orta? For certain, Chelsea’s ownership need to ask the Blues head coach before any kind of approach is made.

The Leeds man has earned a decent reputation for the work he’s done, especially in his Leeds position.

It would be a step up into a bigger surrounding at Chelsea with a larger budget, but if he fits the club’s project it’s an exciting idea.

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