Leeds United's players warm-up at Elland Road. Pic: Getty

Leeds United transfer news: Whites 'closing in' on La Liga left-back, Arsenal want former Elland Road target

Leeds United are bracing themselves for a hectic couple of months when the transfer window opens next week, and will be looking to bring in quality new signings while also keeping hold of their key players.

Saturday, 5th June 2021, 10:14 am

The Whites stormed back to the Premier League last season, securing a top half finish by wowing fans and pundits alike with their high octane style of football - something they'll be looking to replicate in the 2021/22 campaign.

Meanwhile, Elland Road sporting director Victor Orta has been discussing his relationship with Leeds United in recent days following the conclusion of the campaign.

“I’ve fallen in love with Leeds,” Orta reflected.

“I knew their history and tradition from the outside, but without being here you can never truly understand the magnitude of this club.

“I feel very proud to have worked with some big clubs in the past.

“For example Sevilla, who completely changed my career, and then Real Valladolid, Elche, Zenit St Petersburg – but I’ve fallen in love with Leeds and the passion here.

“You can feel everything you do with the fans – in a good and bad way. I receive letters of complaint every week, even now, but I love that level of determination to improve. Consistency is the most difficult thing to achieve in football and we’ve had two brilliant seasons in a row.

“When coming into the Premier League, the numbers can be scary when you look at how often promoted teams face relegation again. But we’ve tried to build a foundation around sustainability, which has helped us reach new levels.

“More importantly we’ve succeeded with our own style, with hard work and graft.”

Asked about his scouting network, he added: “We believe in a methodology and a style of football that makes our work in the scouting department much easier.

“I prefer my team to be watching 200 players instead of 2000. I think in terms of what we did last summer – we are extremely happy.

“We consider ourselves lucky because we didn’t just sign talented players, we signed great guys, amazing people for the dressing room who arrived and respected the traditions of this club.”

Here are today's biggest transfer stories from across the Premier League and Europe, as the reaction to last season and the build-up to summer transfer window continues:

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