This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…
After weeks of speculation, Leeds United have finally landed their man. Helder Costa has signed for the Yorkshire club on an initial one-year loan deal which will become permanent at the end of next season.
The Whites will reportedly fork out £15m to sign the Portuguese in 12 months’ time, but the way they have structured the deal may work out well in the long run.
It had been reported for a while that the Whites wanted to sign Costa on loan, but the announcement of the deal came with the news that they were also going to sign him permanently next summer.
The former Wolves man’s stats in the Championship prove that he has the potential to be one of the signings of the season, but one thing that may excite United fans is the ingenious way in which Victor Orta negotiated the move.
Orta has had his critics since becoming director of football at Elland Road, but this move has to be heralded as one of his greatest.
It was thought that Leeds would have to sell some of their key players if they wanted to make any big signings this summer, but the structure of this deal allows the Whites to delay this for another year.
Indeed, if they don’t go up, they may have to sell some of their most valuable players to subsidise the Costa fee, but if they are promoted, it allows them to keep hold of their stars.
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This method of transfer allows Marcelo Bielsa’s side to be as strong as possible for the upcoming season, and although they may have to make some sales next term if they don’t go up, they have given themselves some time and one has to believe their chances of being promoted have drastically improved given the proven quality Costa has at this level.