Helder Costa is reportedly a priority for Leeds United this summer transfer window (Sportsmole), and the Wolves outcast has teased that a move to Elland Road is imminent.
Fosun has been ruthless in the summer transfer windows by selling Kortney Hause, Benik Afobe, and even Barry Douglas, and they are now seeking to remove Costa from Molineux.
The move is rumoured to be a loan only, but Wolves should be aiming to permanently rid the pack of the Portuguese winger’s antics.
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“Costa to Leeds confirmed then”
Costa to Leeds is a prolonged ballad that should culminate with the 25-year-old being chased out of Wolverhampton by the pack.
The Yorkshire Evening Post (via Sportsmole) reports that the former Benfica player is a “priority” for Marcelo Bielsa, and Wolves should oblige in giving Leeds the broken toy that never wants to work.
And it’s looking likely to happen as Costa has followed Leeds United on Instagram (Birmingham Mail).
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With Costa’s departure appearing to be a foregone conclusion, it should be a permanent transfer rather than a one-year loan.
It’s unlikely Leeds would cough up the £13M Wolves gave to Benfica in January 2017, but selling Costa for £1.3M would be much better than simply keeping him.
A one-year loan for Costa will only result in him coming back to Molineux with his tail between his legs.
Bielsa will seek better options if Leeds are promoted to the Premier League because Costa has already shown he’s not reliable or good enough at the top-flight of English football.
Meanwhile, if Leeds end the 19/20 season still stuck in the Championship hell they’ve been trapped in since 2004, they’ll probably look to overhaul their squad.
Costa only has two-years left on his contract, and Wolves should sell him now to be able to haggle for the best price possible.
Nuno Espirito Santo has made it obvious he doesn’t see the Portugese winger as a viable option even from the bench, and Costa’s poor body language and lazy workrate shows he has clearly given up.
The winger was fantastic in his first season with Wolves under Paul Lambert, but he has since been an inconsistent shadow.
He’s too weak on the ball, he never works for the team, and he doesn’t suit Nuno’s system and its host of talent.
Costa isn’t guaranteed first-team football at Leeds, but it would be a smart and beneficial move for Wolves.