Helder Costa has told Leeds United’s official website that defender Barry Douglas sold the winger on a move to Elland Road this summer, after the duo played together at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The 25-year-old winger has signed an initial 12-month loan at the club, but that deal will automatically become permanent next summer for another three years. Many outlets have reported the deal as a four-year move.
Costa starred for Wolves in the Championship following his £13million move to Molineux from Benfica in the summer of 2016. He clocked up 71 appearances, scoring 15 goals and laying on 14 assists.
Leeds will be looking forward to the combination of Douglas and Costa on the flank after it worked so well at Wolves, and the Portugal international claimed that it was Douglas that persuaded him to move to Yorkshire.
“It feels great to sign for Leeds United,” said Costa. “I’ve spoken a lot to Barry Douglas and he told me how big the club is and how amazing the fans are, so it wasn’t a tough decision to come here and I’m very happy to be here.
“It’s good to know Barry, he can show me everything about how Leeds works and I’m really looking forward to start training with my new team-mates.”
TBR’s view – Costa is an unbelievable signing for Leeds
Landing the ex-AS Monaco ace on a deal that will see him sign permanently next summer until 2023 is an unbelievable bit of business by Victor Orta, as well as Andrea Radrizzani and Angus Kinnear.
The likelihood is that Leeds have used the money received from Tottenham Hotspur for Jack Clarke to then reimburse it on Costa. It does remain, though, to be seen how much he will cost Leeds.