According to the Daily Mail, Leeds United will pay £15 million at the end of the season to make Helder Costa’s loan move from Wolverhampton Wanderers a permanent transfer, in what looks like the biggest transfer risk Andrea Radrizzani has taken during his time at Elland Road.
Leeds and Wolves have both insinuated that Marcelo Bielsa’s side are locked into paying for Costa, regardless of what division they are in.
Leeds may have a get out clause in the deal that hasn’t been mentioned, but if the Whites are obliged to pay such a large sum for the Portuguese winger then it looks like a major gamble.
There is no doubting that Costa is a hugely exciting addition to Leeds’ squad.
The 25-year-old is arguably the highest quality player that Leeds have signed for many years, but the Whites surely need to earn promotion to finance a deal without having to make sales.
If Leeds are in the Premier League then paying £15 million to snap up Costa is unlikely to be a concern for Radrizzani.
However, if the Whites don’t go up this season, then having to pay that fee for Costa is surely going to force Leeds into sales.
Bielsa’s side are already battling against Financial Fair Play, and they would surely have to balance the books to afford Costa.
Although Leeds have raised some funds this summer by selling Jack Clarke, his sale was only just over half the price of Costa.
The fact that the move will become permanent also puts Costa under pressure to perform.
It is fair to say that the trickster hasn’t been in great form for Wolves over the past term, and he will need to improve at Leeds.
If Costa hits the ground running at Elland Road then he has the ability to make the £15 million fee that Leeds have agreed look like a bargain.
However, if he continues to struggle then Leeds are going to feel reluctant parting with such a vast sum.
And while the addition of Costa is massively exciting at Leeds, it has to be viewed as a big gamble too.
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