By Olly Allen

19th Nov, 2021 | 11:20am

Leeds could struggle to sell Helder Costa to cash-strapped Valencia - report

Leeds may be unable to sell Helder Costa to Valencia next summer due to the Spanish club’s financial problems, according to LeedsLive.

The winger is currently on loan at the Mestalla and has made seven appearances in La Liga so far this season.

When Leeds confirmed Costa’s loan exit in August, they stated that Valencia would have an option to sign him permanently at the end of the season.

However, LeedsLive have highlighted how the Spanish outfit have this week announced losses of £26.2m, leaving them in no position to exercise their purchase option on Costa.

The report suggests that the sale of players such as Goncalo Guedes, linked with Liverpool and Arsenal, could ease Valencia’s financial situation, but Leeds are now faced with a “major problem” over potentially cashing in on Costa.

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The news will come as a blow for Leeds, who will likely have thought they had seen the last of Costa by agreeing a loan-to-buy arrangement with Valencia.

It seems almost certain that the Angolan international will not appear in a Whites shirt again, despite his contract at Elland Road running until 2024.

However it appears that the club will now have to find alternative suitors to take Costa off their hands as they try to recuperate the £15m transfer fee they paid for him in 2020.

The winger performed well in his initial loan spell in West Yorkshire as he helped Leeds win the Championship title, but he struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League after signing permanently and started only 13 league matches last season.

Very few supporters were disappointed to see him leave on loan on deadline day and Costa is yet to make his mark on the Spanish east coast.

In other Leeds United news, Jermaine Beckford has described one Whites ace as “the real deal” following some impressive performances.