Leeds United pulled off one of the more impressive Championship signings in the summer by luring Helder Costa to Elland Road from Wolves – and Victor Orta has explained to Off The Pitch why the deal is an initial loan.
Costa, 25, joined Leeds in the summer on an initial season-long loan. That deal will instantly become permanent next summer, with the Whites reportedly paying a fee believed to be in the region of £15million (Mirror).
A Portugal international, Costa is renowned as being one of the best wingers outside of the Premier League in English football. He starred during his time at Wolves, and was crucial in their promotion to the Premier League.
After 10 appearances for the Whites, director of football Orta has now explained why Leeds only brought Costa to Elland Road on a loan deal, before a move is made permanent next summer for the eight-figure fee.
“With the rules of financial fair play we cannot afford a permanent transfer, but we are really happy if you can make good loans it can be a good strategy. And in the past a lot of teams have been promoted with a good loan policy,” Orta said.
TBR’s view – Orta deserves credit for clever negotiating
Financial fair play has certainly affected how many teams operate, especially in the Championship after Birmingham City were deducted nine points towards the end of last season for breaching the rules.
Keeping in mind that any point deduction would affect Leeds’ bid for promotion, Orta still got his man by orchestrating an unusual deal that sees Leeds sign Costa on loan – but make the deal permanent next summer. It is excellent business.