By Mark Smith

6th Aug, 2022 | 8:30am

Benfica wanted to sign Leeds United winger Helder Costa this summer, but Al Ittihad now appear to have won the race for his signature, according to Nawaf Oga.

The Saudi journalist has reported, as shared by Itti Mania, that Nuno Espirito Santo convinced the Angolan international into a reunion after their time together at Wolves.

Costa is said to be moving on an initial loan deal with the option to buy at the end of the current season, as the Whites trim their squad slightly ahead of the new Premier League season.

Writing on their official Twitter account to over 250,000 followers, Itti Mania shared the news that numerous clubs were interested in the winger.

“Helder Costa was coveted by his former club, Benfica,” they wrote.

“But Nuno Santo was able to convince the player to come to the Al Ittihad club.”

Deadwood.

There was excitement around Elland Road when Costa was signed back in the Championship, but unfortunately, for whatever reason, the move never worked out.

Now is the right time to cut ties with the winger, who will join Kiko Casilla as another player on big wages to move away from the club this summer.

Costa is said to be on £48,000-a-week at Leeds (similar to what Casilla was on), and that is money that can be spent elsewhere on someone who could make a difference in the here and now [Super Deportes].

After a disappointing spell at Valencia last season, it was clear that he was never going to turn things around with the Whites, and with Al-Ittihad said to have an option to buy in this deal, it could be the end.

The winger will no doubt thrive in Saudi Arabia under Santo, and we hope he does, but that doesn’t change the fact that now is the right time to cut ties.

Benfica or Al Ittihad, as long as the move happens, all parties should be very happy.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites now want to sign this striker with a rival set to kickstart a major £30million+ transfer battle