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‘Has to be a reset’ – Leeds United’s Victor Orta makes transfer claim

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Leeds United director Victor Orta has claimed that the landscape of football will likely change after the current delay, with transfer fees and salaries impacted. 

All English football, along with the majority of sport around the world, has been suspended for more than a month and at this point, it remains unclear if, how, and when the 2019/20 campaign will be resumed.

One way clubs will no doubt be using this hiatus is by taking stock of their squad and strategising what improvements need to be made and what business needs to be done.

You’d imagine Orta will be more keen than most to do just that, given that the Whites look on course to secure promotion to the Premier League this term.

However, it appears the Spaniard is preparing for a new-look transfer market when football resumes.

Speaking to Spanish news agency EFE, he said (via Eurosport): “In the medium term, we have been moving towards budgets where player salaries were between 65, 75 and 80% and it has been shown that any type of incident clearly blocks the business model.

“There has to be a reset. Not only does it have to affect the salaries of the players, but also the prices of transfers to the club cost, to find another business model within which it cannot be that it stops two months and there is a catharsis of this style.”

Leeds are top of the Championship as things stand and have a healthy seven-point cushion above the play-offs with just nine games remaining.

You’d imagine Orta will be looking to do some significant business in the upcoming transfer window if the Whites can end their 16-year absence from the top flight this term.

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The Verdict

This is an interesting claim from Orta and one that it is hard to disagree with. The delay to the season and the financial issues it is causing the global game will likely have lasting impact.

You feel we will begin to see what that will mean in the upcoming transfer window.

It’s going to be a particularly interesting one for Leeds, who will likely have to negotiate this new landscape while looking to bolster their squad for the top flight.


London-based sports journalist at Snack Media EFL accredited, graduate of New Associates and the University of Brighton

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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