There is an ‘expectation’ that Helder Costa will push to leave Leeds United if they are successful in their efforts to sign another winger, according to Football Insider.
Leeds paid around £16m to sign Costa from Wolverhampton Wanderers last July after he helped the Whites gain promotion to the Premier League during a 2019/20 loan spell.
However, he was limited to just 13 league starts last season, with Raphinha and Jack Harrison favoured in the wide positions. The 27-year-old scored three goals and laid on three assists over the course of the campaign.
Football Insider have previously reported that Club Brugge winger Noa Lang is a ‘top target’ for Leeds and that talks have taken place over a possible move to Elland Road.
Football Insider reported that Leeds are willing to listen to offers for Costa just 12 months on from his permanent arrival at the club.
The Whites are confident of landing a ‘senior wide player’, which could prompt him to table a transfer request.
You might wonder if Leeds are now regretting their sizeable outlay on Costa, who Football Insider also described as a ‘big earner’ – a fair description as only five team-mates take home more than his £36,000 per week (Salary Sport).
Clearly they valued his contribution in the Championship, but he had previously shone for Wolves in the second tier with 10 goals and eight assists before failing to make his mark in the top flight (via WhoScored).
There seems little prospect of the 27-year-old forcing his way back into Marcelo Bielsa’s preferred XI, so he would be wise to seek a move and ensure that his theoretical peak years are not wasted.
In other news, Leeds face competition in the race for another winger.
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