By Adefunmiloye Alani

16th Dec, 2021 | 7:10pm

Valencia must pay £17million to sign Helder Costa from Leeds and £2.6million wages

Valencia must pay £17million to sign Leeds United forward Helder Costa permanently next summer, according to Spanish outlet Super Deporte.

The La Liga outfit will also have to meet his wages demands of £2.6million of year – which equates to around £53,000 – but they are not in a rush to make a decision with half of the campaign still to go.

Costa, 27, joined Valencia in the summer on a season-long loan, and while it was not stated if the aforementioned fee was included as an option for them to make it a permanent move, it is stated that is how much he would cost.

However, they will have to find a way to come up with the funds if they want to sign him and their other two loanees given their current financial situation.

Good option

Costa does not have a place back in Marcelo Bielsa’s first-team at Elland Road from the look of things, and if Valencia do not complete a permanent deal, they will be glad to do business with other clubs.

However, Leeds are not likely to see anyone else who is willing to pay £17million for his signature, and they will be hoping he does well enough to convince the Spaniards.

Costa started life in the La Liga battling Covid-19, but he has since recovered and is gradually establishing himself as a key player at the club.

The former Wolves forward is yet to score in 11 league games, but he is knocking on the door with his performances.

He will have to do more to earn a permanent move, though, and Leeds could do with some extra £17million next summer.

The Whites need to make additions to their squad if they manage to hold on to their top-flight status at the end of 2021-22, and while the 49ers will probably be making transfer funds available, additional money from selling Costa would come in very handy.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites have mapped out plans to avoid relegation scrap as January transfer budget claim emerges.