The Daily Mirror has claimed that Leeds United have splashed out a whopping £15million to land Helder Costa from Wolverhampton Wanderers, after a deal was confirmed on Wednesday afternoon.
Costa, 25, has agreed an initial 12-month loan at Leeds before the deal will become permanent in the summer of 2020, whereby the Portugal international will sign for a further three years.
A Portugal international, Costa starred in Wolves’ promotion to the Premier League during 2017-18 alongside Barry Douglas, before making 25 Premier League appearances last season.
It is unclear whether the £15million fee will be paid this summer, or when the deal becomes permanent next summer. The figure would make Costa Leeds’ third most expensive signing in their history, behind Robbie Keane and Rio Ferdinand.
TBR’s view – Expensive, but Costa could secure Leeds promotion
Yes, £15million is very expensive for a club like Leeds to spend. Indeed, it is their most expensive signing since bringing in Robbie Keane from Inter Milan during the 2001-02 season.
But what Costa does bring is pace, flair, an eye for goal and promotion experience from the Championship. He boasts the difference between another season in the Championship and Premier League promotion.
It gives Marcelo Bielsa all the tools he needs to build on last season’s success.