Leeds: Orta plotting Galan swoop

Leeds United are interested in a deal to bring Javi Galán to Elland Road in the summer transfer window.

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That’s according to a report by Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo (via Sport Witness), which claims that Celta Vigo’s left back has already been contacted by Victor Orta regarding a move to Elland Road at the end of the season. current campaign.

However, the report goes on to state that competition is high for the 27-year-old’s signing this summer, with Barcelona, ​​Atletico Madrid and Sevilla also believed to be interested in the defender, while Celta de Vigo does not seem to be willing to separate. with Galán for anything other than an offer they just can’t refuse.

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Orta can fire Firpo with Galán

Considering how impressive Galán has been in Spain this season, plus how poor Junior Firpo has been for Leeds following his £13m move from Barcelona last July, it’s easy to see why Victor Orta and Jesse Marsch would be interested in a move. for Spanish this summer.

Indeed, in his 29 La Liga appearances this term, the £12.5m valued left-back, who is also comfortable operating from left midfield and on the left flank, has been one of Eduardo Coudet’s standout players. , helping his team keep nine clean. sheets, registering three assists and creating two big chances for his teammates, in addition to taking an average of 0.5 shots and making 0.6 key passes per game.

The £43k-a-week fullback has also impressed in metrics more typical of his position, averaging 1.3 interceptions, three tackles, the second-most of any player in the division, 1.1 clearances, 34.6 passes, completing 2.4 dribbles, the fifth largest team in the league, and winning eight duels per game.

These comebacks have seen the player that The Real Champs dubbed so much”underrated” and a “threat” averaged an extremely impressive SofaScore match rating of 6.90, ranking him joint fifth-best player for Vigo in the Spanish top flight.

By comparison, in Firpo’s 19 Premier League outings this season, the £10.8m-valued defender has been rather less impressive, helping the Whites keep a clean sheet, providing an assist and creating a huge chance for his teammates, in addition to averaging 0.9 interceptions, 2.5 tackles, 1.3 clearances, completing 0.7 dribbles and winning 4.9 duels per game.

These results have seen the Dominican Republic international, who earns £55,000 a week, average an extremely disappointing SofaScore match index of just 6.59, making him joint seventh worst player for Leeds in the English top flight. .

As such, it’s perhaps not surprising that Frank McAvennie tipped the former Barcelona full-back away from Elland Road this summer, with the former West Ham United striker stating last month:

“He is from Spain so maybe he was never quite ready to play in the Premier League. I imagine that he will return there, he has not done well at all. He has had a result coming to Leeds, he has his name out there. But he has not acted.

“You have to start running around here. He will go, he will get a team in Spain. I’m thinking of people like Getafe, someone like that, one of the smaller teams. Leeds can get some money back for him and they can move on. He can’t cut it here.

Indeed, as McAvennie suggests, given Firpo’s poor form since moving to England last summer, it would seem like a wise move for Orta to cut his losses with the 25-year-old, whom Anthony Lewis dubbed “horrible” earlier this season, this summer, before reinvesting the money received from his sale, as well as his hefty weekly salary, into a much more impressive move for Galán.

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