By Kealan Hughes

19th Feb, 2021 | 7:05am

Douglas Costa not the man for Leeds this summer – view

Leeds United should avoid signing Douglas Costa, with the Brazilian reportedly being eyed as a potential replacement for Raphinha.

Manchester United and Liverpool are said to be interested in Rpahinha so it makes sense that Victor Orta is preparing replacements.

However, Costa is not the right target.

He is currently on loan at Bayern Munich but is struggling for game time, and it is alleged that there is no future for him at Juventus when he returns to his parent club.

The Brazilian may be available in the summer, but we should not fall into the trap of bringing him to Elland Road.

Costa is an exciting name and has been praised for his “phenomenal skills” by Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri.

He has multiple Bundesliga and Seria A titles to his name but is now 30-years-old and showing signs of decline.

A return of one goal and two assists this term in Germany hints at that, as does a WhoScored average rating of 6.4.

He does not fit our system like Raphinha does either, with the Whites winger managing 1.6 key passes compared to Costa’s 0.7.

Raphinha also boasts brilliant running stats this campaign and is a player who will only get better while Costa is past his peak.

Moreover, the winger would likely demand significant wages that would stretch the budget, and there is also a transfer fee to consider.

Paul Robinson recently spoke of the need to sign back-up options for Patrick Bamford and Kalvin Phillips.

We agree that those positions are the priority, and that means avoiding Costa.

Orta must be sensible in his spending and direct funds to our most urgent areas – signing the Brazilian would be an expensive waste.

Even if Raphinha was to leave, which is unlikely at present, we should target a player similar in stature.

One that is hungry to succeed and could be nurtured into a better player by Bielsa.

Costa simply does not fit that mould so steering clear of him would benefit us in both the short and long-term.

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