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Leeds: Journalist makes Helder Costa claim

Leeds: Journalist makes Helder Costa claim -Leeds United News

Leeds United look set to part ways with winger Helder Costa this summer, according to The Daily Mail’s Jacob Ranson.

The Lowdown: Valencia loan

Costa, who was hailed as ‘immense’ by his former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo, made the move to Leeds back in 2019. The 28-year-old was a regular in Leeds’ title-winning campaign in the Championship and made 22 appearances during their first season back in the Premier League.

However, Marcelo Bielsa decided to send Costa out on loan to Valencia last summer after he eventually brought Dan James to Elland Road. The winger struggled massively in La Liga, failing to score and registering just two assists in 27 games.

As a result, Valencia have decided against exercising their option to make a loan move permanent, but Costa could still be on the way out of the club, along with star man Raphinha, who has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona.

The Latest: Costa claim

Ranson shared a story for The Daily Mail late on Friday evening, looking at a forgotten player from each Premier League club.

When it came to Leeds, the journalist chose Costa, stating that ‘the Portuguese winger could be heading for the exit door or may well want to after falling out of favour at Leeds and then enduring a miserable loan spell at Valencia’.

Ranson added that Costa is set to return to Elland Road over the summer, although the club may look to move him on in order to improve their squad further.

The Verdict: Exit needed

Costa, thought to be on £46,000-a-week, appears to have had his time in Yorkshire, and a new challenge could be best for all involved over the coming months.

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He seemed surplus to requirements after James arrived, and with Jesse Marsch now in charge and looking to use inverted wingers such as new signing Brenden Aaronson, Costa may not fit into a narrower system.

Leeds would do extremely well to recoup a large percentage of the £15.93m they paid Wolves for his services, especially as his Transfermarkt valuation has plummeted from £9m to just £4.5m during his time in Spain.

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