Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa could finally wave goodbye to Helder Costa this summer amid reports linking the club with a move for VfL Wolfsburg star Josip Brekalo.
With Football Insider having claimed earlier in the year that Leeds are open to offers for the £70,000-a-week ace this summer, it seems unsurprising that the Whites appear to have their eye on a new winger.
According to German publication Bild, Brekalo’s performances have caught the eye of Bielsa, but the Whites are likely to face competition from the likes of Serie A trio Napoli, AC Milan and Fiorentina.
Costa endured a nightmare campaign in the Premier League last season for Bielsa’s side, scoring just three times and providing only three assists in 22 games in the division.
After a particularly disappointing display against Liverpool, former Leeds striker Noel Whelan slammed the Portuguese ace. He told Football Insider: “The one player that disappointed me was Helder Costa. Once again he was poor. There is something there that is not right because Poveda came on and did more in that short time than Costa did in the 60 minutes he was on the field.
“He is fourth in the pecking order in terms of wingers for me. Poveda has to come before him now. He plays it safe and he’s negative. For a player that cost £16m, I need to see a hell of a lot more from him. At least Poveda runs at people. He is positive and that is what a winger should do. Costa has been a massive flop. A real disappointment again.”
In Brekalo, Leeds could find someone who would prove to be a real upgrade on Costa and give them much more of a consistent end product at the top end of the pitch.
The Croatian bagged seven goals and set up another three in 29 games in the Bundesliga, including a superb hat-trick in his penultimate game of the season against Union Berlin.
Able to play on either flank like Costa has done for Leeds, Brekalo could come in and be a fine replacement for the Portuguese winger, thus allowing the Whites to get rid of someone who just hasn’t produced the goods often enough.
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