Leeds United director of football Victor Orta says that he wants his club’s summer transfer business wrapped up by the end of June.
The Whites face a crucial upcoming window to make sure they build on this season’s progress. Marcelo Bielsa has done a fantastic job in the club’s first season back in the Premier League in 16 years. He led his side to the most points of any newly-promoted team in history, ending up in ninth.
What’s more, they earned at least a point in every match at Elland Road against the top-flight’s Big Six.
Last summer’s signings proved crucial in that run, with Rodrigo, Raphinha and Diego Llorente particularly influential.
With attacking and midfield signings reportedly on the agenda this summer, Orta insists that he wants his business done early, much like Liverpool, who announced a deal for Ibrahima Konate on Friday.
“It’s a strange market, I think obviously I want all the new players to start pre-season,” the club chief told The Phil Hay Show.
“I still have a long month of June and obviously I hope that the month of June we can finish the job.
“We can put our effort but it is not always just our side. Perhaps from our side, it is all done but there are a lot of people involved and it is out of our control.”
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As for who Leeds could sign, midfield and attacking additions look likely to be on the agenda.
Indeed, Bielsa looked to add to his midfield last summer, with Michael Cuisance targeted, but that deal fell through.
Links with Udinese’s Rodrigo de Paul remain, despite Leeds chief executive Angus Kinnear pouring cold water on the prospect of a deal.
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Up front, meanwhile, Club Brugge’s Noa Lang and Matheus Cunha of Hertha Berlin are two players linked with adding more firepower up top.
Left-back is also an area Bielsa is reportedly looking at, with a deal for Stade Brest’s Romain Perraud supposedly in progress.
The Frenchman looks an exciting prospect having chipped in with goals and assists this season.