By George Overhill

15th Feb, 2022 | 7:40pm

Reliable journalist names price Valencia want to complete Helder Costa deal with Leeds United

Valencia are seeking to reduce the Leeds United asking price for Helder Coster to around £10million, believes James Marshment.

The Angolan international is currently on loan in La Liga having fallen down the pecking order in a crowded field of wide attackers at Elland Road, and the Spanish side are believed to be interested in making the deal permanent.

El Desmarque reported this morning that the current asking price of £16.75milliom (€20million) is “inaccessible” for Los Che and a need for United to negotiate.

Writing on his personal Twitter account TeamTalk editor Marshment responded to a question from a fan by saying: “Option to buy him currently stands at €20m which converts to £16.75m.

“Valencia are looking for a lot less… hard to say exactly but suspect they are eyeing a fee nearer £10m.”

Cut your losses?

It may be the best option for the club to reduce the asking price now while there is a willing buyer, rather than have an extra winger waiting out his contract.

In terms of usefulness to Marcelo Bielsa it would appear that the 28-year-old is not in the manager’s plans currently, with an abundance of talent in similar areas.

From the point of view of a club asset right now it probably makes sense to take a decent if not spectacular price for a player closer to the end of his career than the start.

Things could all change in the summer though, and with a contract that runs until 2024 according to the club’s statement when his stay at Elland Road became permanent, there is a bit of time for further developments.

There are a number of possible major changes at United in the offseason, not least the potential for leader Bielsa to move on.

Star winger Raphinha, surely at the top of the current list of players in Costa’s position, has been attracting significant transfer attention and could be sold, as could the talented but inconsistent Rodrigo.

Although that still leaves Dan James and Jack Harrison, as well as youngsters such as Crysencio Summerville, it is not impossible for former Wolves man Costa to become relevant again.

His asking price is unlikely to go up without a number of these potential changes so the club will have to decide whether money in the bank is worth more than potential use down the line.

In other Leeds United news, Rio Ferdinand has given his verdict on Premier League relegation for the Whites this year.