By Craig Scott

7th Aug, 2022 | 6:42pm

Leeds United done deal: Al-Ittihad confirm signing of Helder Costa

Al-Ittihad have confirmed the signing of winger Helder Costa from Leeds United.

On Sunday evening (7 August), the Saudi Arabian outfit confirmed on their official Twitter account that the 28-year-old is swapping West Yorkshire for the Middle East.

Al-Ittihad uploaded a cartoon clip of Costa’s career with the caption saying that the Angola attacker is now “in yellow”.

Al-Ittihad’s English-speaking account says that Costa “is a tiger” as he wraps up his move to the Saudi outfit.

Done deal

Leeds are yet to announce Costa’s exit from Elland Road but Al-Ittihad have beaten them to the punch to confirm the former Wolves winger’s arrival in Saudi Arabia.

It’s a left-field move by Costa but it’s one that’s due because he’s had poor season after poor season in recent years.

Wolves loaned him to Leeds with the view to a £15million permanent deal back when we were still in the Championship and even though he was poor with us in that debut campaign, we had to pay that cash for him.

It was terrible business by Victor Orta, who committed to loan-to-buys for Costa and Jean-Kevin Augustin in that 2019/20 season.

Costa didn’t do much for us in the Premier League and didn’t stand out at Valencia last season either when he was loaned out to the Spanish club.

With a move to Saudi Arabia, he might come good.

We’ll have to see how it goes but it’s obviously going to be an easier league for him to shine in.

It’s yet to be confirmed whether Costa has joined Al-Ittihad permanently or on a loan-to-buy deal, which has been mentioned in the media in Saudi Arabia.

Al-Kas reports that the permanent fee is around £3.9million.

Orta cannot waste money like this ever again.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are in the hunt to sign this £40million-rated forward who could opt to quit a Champions League club in the coming days.