'We're going to need £30m now' - Exclusive: Bent reacts to Orta's Leeds transfer reveal
Darren Bent claims that Leeds United director of football Victor Orta has the “most impossible job” when it comes to the club’s transfer plans.
The former Aston Villa and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the Coronavirus situation has thrown the Whites’ ability to prepare for the summer window into the air.
Speaking to BBC columnist Guillem Balague, Orta revealed how he had been making the most of the shutdown by conducting in-depth video analysis of potential recruits, admitting he was “really uncertain” about the club’s budget.
With the Whites currently sat at the top of the Championship, Bent believes the Leeds chief faces an impossible task due to the uncertainty surrounding both their promotion push and the finances in football.
Bent told Football Insider: “He doesn’t know whether he’s going to be coming or going, he doesn’t know who he’s going to be able to sign, who he’s not going to be able to sign.
“Even some of your own players who are on frees at the end of the season, he might want them to sign a short-term deal and they might turn round and go: ‘No, I’m not signing it.’
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“It’s the most impossible job – he might think: ‘We need this player and we think we can get him for £10million,” but because of the whole Coronavirus the club might go: ‘Listen, we need him so if you want him we’re going to need £30million now.’ It’s such uncharted waters and it is an impossible task.”
Orta told Balague: “We’ve been using this time to do more video analysis of players. In a normal situation this happens, just not in May because we normally know where we are. Now the availability of players and the new budget is really uncertain.
“Perhaps it’s a good moment for our analysis to be deeper, more concrete, and then at the next step we have all the subjects (targets) and can make better decisions (on signings).”
In other Leeds United news, Alex Bruce insists a “panicking” Aston Villa chief should take a leaf out of Andrea Radrizzani’s book.