Chelsea are “considering” whether to ask Leeds for “permission” to speak with their sporting director Victor Orta, according to The Guardian‘s Jacob Steinberg.
The journalist claims that the 43-year-old is one of the main alternatives after Red Bull Salzburg’s Christoph Freund rejected the opportunity to become the Blues’ head of recruitment.
Bayer Leverkusen’s Tim Steidten is also in the frame, along with the likes of Monaco’s Paul Mitchell, Atletico Madrid’s Andrea Berta and ex-PSG director Maxwell:
— Jacob Steinberg (@JacobSteinberg) September 20, 2022
Freund was the clear favourite for the job and his u-turn has certainly made things a lot more difficult for Chelsea, who were seemingly keen on using the international break to appoint a new sporting director.
It appears both Orta and Steidten have impressed Chelsea board members following meetings with the pair this summer. Orta negotiated directly with Todd Boehly over the transfer for Raphinha, while Steidten handled talks over Callum Hudson-Odoi‘s loan switch to Leverkusen.