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Leeds: Helder Costa set to join Al-Ittihad

Leeds: Helder Costa set to join Al-Ittihad -Leeds United News

Leeds United have reached an agreement with Saudi Arabian outfit Al-Ittihad for the transfer of Helder Costa.

The Lowdown: Raphinha exit

The Whites have been extremely busy this summer, making a number of first-team additions at a cost of just under £100m. Leeds are still after a new centre-forward after bringing in attacking midfielder Brenden Aaronson and winger Luis Sinisterra.

There have been attacking departures, too, with star winger Raphinha moving to Barcelona in a deal worth £52.3m while Kalvin Phillips joined Manchester City.

Costa’s Elland Road future has also been speculated about this summer following an unsuccessful loan spell with Valencia where he failed to score in 27 appearances, and it looks as if we now know where he will be playing his football for the upcoming season.

The Latest: Al-Ittihad agreement

MOT Leeds News relayed an update regarding Costa from Ittistudio journalist Abo Oma.

He said on his personal Twitter account that a ‘final agreement’ has been reached for Costa to join Al-Ittihad, who are managed by Nuno Espirito Santo.

The Verdict: Best for all involved

Costa made a surprise appearance on the bench in Leeds’ final pre-season friendly against Cagliari but didn’t feature, and it makes sense for him to find a new club, with an Elland Road rebuild under Jesse Marsch in full swing.

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It looks as if a move to Al-Ittihad will go though, where he will work under a familiar face in Nuno. The winger made 69 appearances under the Portuguese tactician during their time at Wolves, contributing to 16 goals.

Costa still has two years left on his Leeds deal and reports elsewhere suggest a move could be a loan with an option to buy transfer, which appears to be best for all involved.

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