Ian Poveda’s route to Elland Road isn’t as direct as originally anticipated.
The Manchester City youngster seemed set for a move to Leeds earlier this month, but now a couple of stumbling blocks have been placed in United’s way.
Tuttosport in Italy are reporting that Ian Poveda was in Turin to watch Torino’s game over the weekend, and he was apparently joined by his agents.
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This trip could be seen as just an innocuous journey, but Phil Hay went on to confirm that there’s some interest from Italy in the winger.
The Whites could be left back at square one if Poveda decides to snub them, and this needs to be a shot in the arm for Victor Orta and his team.
The Athletic reported earlier this week that the bid for Poveda looked promising, yet there’s now a chance that they’ll miss out on the player.
It’s Victor Orta’s job to negotiate with these targets and it’s his job to convince them that Leeds United is the only place they should consider joining.
With the Whites within touching distance of the Premier League, it shouldn’t be hard for Orta, especially as they possess a manager who was once hailed as the best coach in the world.
Not only that, but he’s a coach whose reputation in South America is apparently a selling point for the winger.
It’s an easy sell for Orta as Leeds is such a lucrative destination at the moment, yet Poveda is still undecided on his future.
Whether Leeds miss out on Poveda or not, Orta needs to wake up to the fact that his inability to seal a deal quickly has endangered the signing of a player who himself and Bielsa reportedly rate very highly.