Leeds United will firm up their interest in Juventus forward Douglas Costa in the coming weeks, according to CalcioMercato.
The Italian news outlet claims that Marcelo Bielsa is a massive fan of the 30-year-old’s technical qualities and, to the delight of Juve, Leeds are set to advance their pursuit of the Brazilian soon.
Costa is currently on loan at Bayern Munich but it is understood the ex-Shakhtar attacker is unlikely to have a future in Germany.
CalcioMercato claims AC Milan are interested in Costa and a while a decision won’t be made until July, Juventus are said to be thrilled that Leeds are set to make their interest more concrete as they hope to sell the attacker for at least £9.5million.
Do Leeds need him?
Marcelo Bielsa likes to have a lot of options out wide and Costa can play as a forward on both sides of the pitch or in behind a striker.
However, Bielsa does already have plenty of players in that position.
If you think about both sides of the pitch, Bielsa has Raphinha, Helder Costa, Jack Harrison, Stuart Dallas, Ezgjan Alioski, Tyler Roberts and Ian Poveda who can all play out wide while there are young players like Crysencio Summerville who is making waves in the Under-23s lately.
Whether or not all of those players will remain at Elland Road next season remains to be seen but we’d be pretty happy if we went again next term with Raphinha and Harrison as the two starting wingers.
Douglas Costa is a big name who’s played for Brazil, Juventus and Bayern Munich.
However, he does turn 31 later this year and is bound to demand a lot of money and expect a spot in Bielsa’s starting line-up should he come to West Yorkshire.
And that is why we just don’t see this happening.
Leeds may well be interested but is a move for Costa realistic? We doubt it.
He’s someone who’s going to want Champions League football wherever he goes next because that’s something he’s had pretty much in his entire career in Europe.
Leeds are very unlikely to be able to promise that so don’t get too excited about this one.