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Chelsea ‘turn to Leeds manager Victor Orta and Bayer Leverkusen chief in hunt for transfer guru’ after Freund rejection


CHELSEA have reportedly turned their attention to bringing in Victor Orta from Leeds United or Tim Steidten from Bayer Leverkusen as their new sporting director.

Christoph Freund has confirmed he snubbed the Stamford Bridge club to stay at RB Salzburg.

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Chelsea plot move for Leeds chief Victor OrtaCredit: Getty

He revealed last night he was ‘proud’ to be discussing a similar role with the Blues but claimed it was ‘out of the question to leave his Austrian club’.

Chelsea owner Todd Boehly wants to have a sporting director in place ahead of the January transfer window.

The American has had to run the Blues’ summer affairs on his own but wants an expert to work alongside new manager Graham Potter.

Now a new report from the Telegraph says he has two more goals in mind.

They claim that “Steidten is among those Chelsea are about to speak with” about the vacancy.

While ‘the merits of Leeds director of football Orta have reportedly been discussed’ by Blues chiefs ‘with others’ under consideration.

Chelsea’s new owners have dealt with both Steidten and Orta during the summer transfer window.

Winger Callum Hudson-Odoi left west London to join Leverkusen on loan while Chelsea also attempted to strike a deal with Leeds for Raphinha, who ultimately opted to sign for Barcelona instead.

Orta also worked elsewhere in England after a stint at Middlesbrough before moving to Leeds in 2017.

PSG chief Luis Campos is also believed to be on Boehly’s shortlist, with the club reportedly ready to offer him £135,000 a week.

Former Liverpool transfer chief Michael Edwards was also on the Blues’ radar this summer, but it looks like Boehly is starting to look elsewhere.



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