By Joe Ellis

7th Aug, 2022 | 8:40pm

Leeds United loan deal will become permanent for Helder Costa

Helder Costa’s loan to Al-Ittihad from Leeds United will become a permanent move next summer, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The Angolan winger spent the 2021-22 campaign on loan at La Liga outfit Valencia but he failed to register a single goal in Spain and returned to Yorkshire with little chance of making it into the first team.

That was compounded by him being left at home for the pre-season tour and now he has been sent to Saudi Arabia to join up with former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo.

The initial deal is only a season-long loan but the Yorkshire Evening Post have reported that it will become a permanent move next summer although that is not yet confirmed by the club.

Costa, who has caps for both Angola and Portugal, arrived at Elland Road for £16million but they could be set to make a big loss once the loan-to-buy agreement is complete.

Useless

There might not be a bigger failure of a transfer than this during Victor Orta’s time at Leeds United and finally the nightmare is coming to an end.

For Costa to not even go to Australia with the senior squad shows just how far he had fallen in the pecking order when teenagers who had never made a senior appearance were ahead of him.

The transfer fee will not be anywhere near the £16million the Whites paid for him but any kind of cash return will be gladly received by the club as his contract ends in two years’ time at Elland Road.

That would just be too long to wait to get rid of him on a free transfer so the club will have to be thankful that Al-Ittihad came in to save the day.

Now he has gone to the Middle East, Costa will be very quickly forgotten by the Leeds United faithful and the focus now turns to the here and now.

In other Leeds United news, Marsch’s men could be the Premier League’s chief entertainers after what he told Angus Kinnear in pre-season.