Leeds transfer chief Victor Orta plans Chelsea talks with first January deal ‘finalised’

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Leeds have wasted no time in sorting out their January transfer business and have already “finalised” one deal, with talks expected to be held with Chelsea over one of their forgotten stars.

Leeds United are already plotting moves ahead of the January transfer window, with one deal already finalised as they turn their attention to Chelsea.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side have struggled this season and have only picked up two wins in the Premier League as they have suffered ‘second season syndrome’, just as Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United in the previous campaign.

Leeds spent £50million in the summer but they haven’t kicked on as well as Bielsa would’ve anticipated, although injuries to Raphinha and Patrick Bamford have hindered their progress.

In order to revive their season they may dip into the transfer market again, and it could be a busy January for Leeds.

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Leeds spent £50m this summer as Jack Harrison’s loan deal became permanent, but Junior Firpo, Daniel James and Kristoffer Klaesson haven’t yet taken them to the next level.

Bielsa is already looking ahead to January, and transfer chief Victor Orta is reportedly interested in signing Chelsea outcast Ross Barkley on loan until the end of the season.

Barkley was an unused substitute on Saturday as Chelsea walked past Leicester City 3-0, and has made just eight appearances so far this season.

The midfielder is also reportedly open to a move to gain more regular game time, and already went out on loan last season as he joined Aston Villa.

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As Leeds spent £50m in the summer, they are looking to prioritise loan deals in January, and Barkley would be a welcome addition to Elland Road with the club seeking an attacking midfielder.

Leeds enquired about Billy Gilmour over the summer, but the Chelsea star secured a move to Norwich instead, and they were unsuccessful with a move for Lewis O’Brien from nearby Huddersfield Town.

Therefore, a push for Barkley could be essential with Leeds lacking in that area of the field, and with the Chelsea star planted in the middle of an attack surrounded by Harrison, Bamford and Raphinha, it could be lethal.

Barkley has been subject to interest from other clubs, so Leeds will have to move fast if they wish to secure a deal for the Chelsea man.

One deal that they are expected to complete is the signing of Espanyol’s 18-year-old forward Mateo Joseph Fernandez, with a fee of £420,000 enough to bring him in during the January transfer window.

The teenager also had interest from Manchester City and Barcelona, but Leeds have seemingly beaten them in the race to sign Fernandez, who could still be eligible to play for England.

The 18-year-old currently is a Spanish international, but is eligible to play for the Three Lions should he wish, and a transfer is expected to be completed as Fernandez has been frozen out of Espanyol’s B team in recent weeks, due to transfer rumours.

Fernandez is expected to sign on January 1st, with the forward boasting an impressive record since his rise from Espanyol’s under-16 side.

The forward scored 44 goals in 56 games across three seasons from under-16 level to the under-19 side, but with his contract expiring in the summer, Espanyol have cashed in while they can.

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It’s unlikely that Fernandez will immediately be involved in the first team, but he is certainly one for the future.

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