By Craig Scott

7th Aug, 2022 | 12:10pm

Helder Costa agent jets out to complete Leeds United exit, multi-million fee agreed with Al-Ittihad

Al-Itthad have agreed a £3.9million fee to sign Leeds United winger Helder Costa on a loan-to-buy basis, according to Al-Kas.

The Saudi Arabian news outlet reported via their website on Saturday (6 August) that Al-Ittihad are closing in on the signing of the 28-year-old attacker after his agent arrived in Austria, where the Middle Eastern club are currently at a training camp.

It is understood that Nuno Espirito Santo, who managed Costa at Wolves before he joined Leeds in 2019, recommended signing the Angola international with Al-Ittihad ready to pay 18million Saudi riyal (£3.9million) for his signature.

Good fee

Considering Costa has been such a flop, we’ve done well to get a few million for the exit-bound senior attacker.

Leeds paid around £15million to sign Costa from Wolves back in 2020 even though he’d had a very underwhelming loan spell at Elland Road in 2019/20.

Victor Orta messed up badly by agreeing that obligation clause in the loan deal – what was he thinking?

Jesse Marsch has had the chance to run the rule over Costa this summer after he spent last term on loan at Valencia, where he also struggled, and the American has clearly come to the conclusion the Angolan is surplus to requirements.

Moving to Al-Ittihad will be a major change of pace for Costa.

In his career, he’s played for Leeds, Wolves, Benfica, Monaco, Deportivo, Valencia and the Portugal national team.

Some of those are big and successful European clubs so Al-Ittihad will be a bit of a culture shock for him, surely.

We hope he does well there though and is able to make a name for himself in what should be an easier league to shine in.

Looking at social media, Al-Ittihad fans are very excited to see Costa’s named being linked with them so he should get a hero’s welcome when he arrives in Jeddah.

In other Leeds United news, Stan Collymore has shared a bizarre view on what happened to Marsch recently.