By Craig Scott

3rd Aug, 2022 | 9:07pm

Leeds United reach agreement for Helder Costa to join Al-Ittihad, deal will 99% get done

Leeds United have agreed a deal to sell winger Helder Costa to Saudi Arabian outfit Al-Ittihad, according to Abo Omar.

Writing via his personal Twitter account on 2 August, the Ittistudio journalist reported that Costa, 28, is edging closer to a move to the Middle East to end his three-year stay at Elland Road.

It is understood that a “final agreement was reached with Leeds United for the transfer” of the Angola international to Al-Ittihad.

In another tweet, Omar added that Costa is “99 per cent” going to be a new winger for Al-Ittihad and will replace Bruno Henrique after manager Nuno Espirito Santo said in July he wants a foreign replacement for the Brazilian [Arab News].

Ittistudio has a huge following from Al-Ittihad fans with over 100,000 followers on Instagram.

Moving fast

Omar definitely has his finger on the pulse over in the Middle East.

He reported this news about Costa before the local media here in Yorkshire got to it while Kaveh Solhekol reported on Sky Sports News on Wednesday evening (3 August) that the ex-Wolves man is set to leave.

In making a move to Al-Ittihad, Costa will be linking up with his former Wolves boss Nuno.

Since swapping the West Midlands for West Yorkshire, initially on loan, in 2019, Costa has struggled.

He didn’t live up to expectations in his loan spell at Leeds but due to a dumb obligation-to-buy clause, Victor Orta had to splash out on a permanent deal.

After one season in the Premier League, in which he failed to perform well, he was loaned to Valencia and he also struggled there.

We wish Costa all the best in Saudi Arabia with Al-Ittihad.

For his sake, we hope his performances improve under a familiar manager in Nuno.

In other Leeds United news, this Elland Road senior man has sent a message directly to Andrea Radrizzani on Twitter after an official announcement by the club.