Leeds United winger Helder Costa has been welcomed to Al-Ittihad as a loan-to-buy deal is now on the verge of being completed this month.
Itti Mania, the place to be for all Al-Ittihad news with over 270,000 followers on Twitter have introduced the Angolan international as a new Tiger.
Costa was brought to Elland Road for £16million, but will now leave for Saudi Arabia on an initial loan deal before the summer window slams shut at the end of the month.
Writing on their official Twitter account, as relayed by Graham Smyth, Itti Mania reported that the Saudi Arabian club will have an option, not an obligation to buy Costa.
“Angolan Helder Costa is on loan for Al Ittihad for a season, with the option to buy the contract coming from Leeds,” they wrote.
“Welcome, Helder Costa.”
Smyth resharing the news shows that this is a credible source and that a move should be announced in due course for Costa to start his next journey.
After failing at Valencia last season, this is a loan move he will be desperate to make work and no doubt there will be big money on the line for the winger.
Costa won’t be remembered very fondly, but he was part of the squad and played a big role in the side that got us back into the Premier League after all those years.
This is the start of getting rid of some of the deadwood in the squad though, with Kiko Casilla also moving on eventually after wasting away in the last couple of years.
Jesse Marsch will want these gaps to be filled in the squad though, and hopefully, after a couple of exits, we can now see some new arrivals being announced in the coming days and weeks.
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