Contact established: Orta in talks for £20m ‘superstar’, he would be ‘amazing’ for Leeds
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According ASthe Elland Road side have made contact over a move for the 23-year-old this summer, although the report suggests no formal offers have yet been made for the Chile international by any club.
The 14 capsules gem – which is also said to be of interest to West Ham United – would be available for a fee of approximately £20 million in the current window, even though it only has one year left on its existing agreement at Ewood Park.
This potential price is believed to have repel all potential suitors so far, despite the former Nottingham Forest a man attracting a lot of attention following his impressive performances for club and country.
The Stoke-born sniper has enjoyed a meteoric rise over the last 18 or so months, becoming something of a cult hero in Chile after making a good start to life at international level for La Roja, while also playing in the league.
The £14.4 million sensation has netted a stunning 22 goals and provided three assists in just 37 league games in a remarkable goalscoring spree last season, that tally leaving him behind only Dominic Solanke (29) and Aleksandar Mitrovic (43) in the second tier goal charts.
This prolific spell also saw him nicknamed “extraordinary” by former Rovers boss Tony Mowbray while Jaquob Crooke called him a “Super star” for its form of explosive escape from the end, with a step forward in the premier league apparently a natural progression.
As for the Yorkshire side, manager Jesse Marsch could do well with a player of his talents at the front of the line, not having many attacking options left due to the current situation. injury issues involving Patrick Bamford.
The 28-year-old was limited to just new appearances in the top flight last season due to his long spells on the sidelines, with that absence ultimately playing its part in the club’s woes as the lack of another senior option up top left the Whites noticeably short of money. alternatives.
Bringing in Brereton Diaz would then add increased competition for Bamford and provide a character who could also potentially usurp the Englishman, with no doubt time to take the goalscoring burden on the former. chelsea man.